The hype surrounding the release of the “Legend Blue” Air Jordan 11 was so immense that unfortunately it led to one teen losing his life. Reportedly, on Saturday, Dec. 20, Jawaad Jabbar pulled out a gun to rob a man of the coveted sneakers, but instead ended up being shot dead by his would be victim.
The shooter had a concealed weapon permit.
Reports the Associated Press:
Miami Township police said a man with a concealed weapon permit fired his gun after he and another man were accosted Saturday morning by three teens on a sidewalk outside the Dayton Mall. Police said one teen had showed a gun.
Jawaad Jabbar of Middletown died a short time later of a gunshot wound to his torso, authorities said.
Police said the two groups ? the three teens and the two men ? didn’t know each other, but had all had gone to the mall south of Dayton for Nike Air Jordan sales offered by multiple stores.
Police Chief Ronald Hess said Tuesday the stores had set up systems to avoid long, tense lines that have led to problems elsewhere when the popular brand has released new versions, and the three Middletown teens apparently missed out.
Police said the teens were outside on a sidewalk when the two men left the mall carrying newly bought shoes.
“They did have the boxes from the stores that were having the limited-edition sales,” Hess told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Police said Jabbar displayed a gun and demanded their merchandise, then the man with the concealed weapon permit pulled out his gun and shot him. No one else was injured.
The name of the man who fired the fatal shot has not been released as authorities continue to investigate. He has not been charged.
“Consumer safety is of paramount importance to us,” Jordan Brand rep Brian Facchini told the Associated Press. “We continue to work with our retail partners to share best practices and refine our launch process to improve the buying experience for our consumers.”
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