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Man tries to rob people in line for LeBron James sneakers, is shot and killed

From Marylynn Ryan, CNN
June 24, 2013 -- Updated 2210 GMT (0610 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • People were waiting for a store to open so they could buy the shoe on its first day of release
  • Police say a man approached the group with a gun in hand and tried to rob them
  • One of the customers pulled a gun, Atlanta police say
  • Police spokesman: "This appears to be self-defense," and the customer was not charged

Atlanta (CNN) -- A man, who tried to rob a group of people waiting in line to buy the new $180 LeBron James sneakers, was shot and killed when one of the customers pulled out a gun, Atlanta police said.

The incident took place before dawn Saturday outside a shoe store in Atlanta's Little Five Points area.

The group was waiting for the store to open for the day so they could buy the LeBron X Denim on its first day of release.

Police said the man approached the group with a gun in hand and tried to rob them.

One of the men in the group took out his own handgun and fired, said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos.

"A number of witnesses were interviewed and this appears to be self-defense," he said.

Campos said the customer was not charged.

Another customer in line, Taylor White, told CNN affiliate WSB-TV that the would-be robber should have thought twice.

"I didn't even expect him to come up here, thinking it was that sweet. Thinking it's that candy land like that," White said. "He wanted to pickpocket everybody. But people out here, they weren't going for none of that."

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