Police said an employee of the Super Pro shoe store, at 22d Street and Indiana Avenue in Swampoodle, fatally shot a man who entered shortly before 1 p.m. Police said the man told the store employee he wanted to buy a pair of sneakers, but then brandished the handle of a gun and demanded money from the register.
According to Lt. Raymond Evers, a police spokesman, the store employee gave the man money from the register and a "struggle" ensued.
Evers said the store employee then fired at the man, striking him at least one time in the torso.
Among those concerned about the incident was Sakeenah Tremble, 29, who asked anxiously if the owner had been injured and voiced relief when she learned he had not.
"I just wanted to make sure everything was fine," said Tremble, who said she and her family had bought shoes at the store since she was 5. She said the owners were a husband and wife who "watched me grow up."
"It's a rough neighborhood," said Tremble, "but we've never known anything like this."
A man who was walking along 22d Street about 4 p.m. took a different view. "That's how it is here," he said. "You've got to protect yourself."
Evers said detectives are investigating. He said the District Attorney's Office would determine whether the shooting was a justifiable homicide.