Cops: Shopper Kills Thief Trying to Steal Air Jordans

Man had concealed weapon at the ready
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2014 3:54 PM CST
Cops: Shopper Kills Thief Trying to Steal Air Jordans
In this June 27, 2011 file photo, the Nike Air Jordan logo is shown in front of the Niketown store in downtown Portland, Ore.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

What Jawaad Jabbar didn't know when he allegedly confronted two shoppers who had just bought $200 Air Jordans and, pointing a gun at them, tried to steal the Nike shoes: One of those shoppers had a gun of his own. Police say that shopper shot the 16-year-old during the incident at Ohio's Dayton Mall Saturday morning, and the teen died from the injury yesterday, the New York Daily News reports. Police say three teens and two men were involved in the incident; all of them were at the mall in an attempt to buy the shoes, the AP reports. But the teens were unable to grab a pair before they sold out.

When the teens saw the men with the shoes on the sidewalk outside the mall, Jabbar allegedly pulled out his gun and was quickly shot himself by the alleged would-be victim. That man had a permit for the gun and has not been charged; the other two teens were taken to juvenile detention. Police are still investigating. Meanwhile, in a New Hampshire Walmart yesterday, a Good Samaritan heard a woman scream that a man had just stolen her wallet. The do-gooder grabbed the suspect's arm and pinned him to the ground until police arrived, reports the AP via WMUR. (More theft stories.)

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