NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Police say a shot was fired the parking lot of a Walmart in North Las Vegas, but nobody was hit or hurt. Police say the shooting happened as a result of an attempted robbery.
The suspect thought he picked an easy target to rob, but the 57-year-old victim had a gun of his own.
"He was demanding the wallet, watch, jewelry, anything of any value from the victim, at which point during that physical altercation, the victim did pull out a weapon," said North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon.
Police say the robber violently shoved the victim and the victim aimed his gun toward the suspect and opened fire. The victim fired several rounds that echoed throughout the packed parking lot on W. Lake Mead Blvd. near North Simmons St. The attacker ran from the gunfire and drove away.
"At this point in the investigation, it's unknown whether or not the suspect was actually hit," Coon said. "We're waiting to see if a shooting victim might show up at a hospital or in the surrounding area."
The victim dropped his gun and wallet after his ordeal. Crime scene investigators took pictures of the man's injuries. Police say he was legally carrying his firearm.
"If a citizen is physically attacked and is in fear of his life, he has the right to defend himself," Coon said.
"I don't think anybody actually expects it coming out of a store like Walmart," said customer Rachael Michaels.
It may not be expected, but neither was the gun-toting citizen's reaction. He turned the tables on the would-be robber.
North Las Vegas police say the suspect was last seen driving on East Carey Avenue in a car. Detectives are reviewing surveillance video and hope to gather more information on the attacker. The victim declined to comment.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.
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