An Ohio man who was leaving a Dayton mall with a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers he had just purchased was forced to shoot a teenager who pulled a gun on him during a robbery attempt on Saturday.
Police say 16-year-old Jawaad Jabbar showed up too late to a limited sales event at Hhgregg shoe store at a mall in Dayton, Ohio where the popular $200 sneakers were being sold.
So Jabbar decided to try to rob a man with a pair of the shoes, pulling a gun on him on the sidewalk outside of the store.
But Jabbar picked the wrong target.
The man, who was with a friend, was armed. He pulled his gun and shot Jabbar once, killing him.
Two juveniles with Jabbar at the time bolted but were later arrested.
“This was a random act of ‘I want something that person has and I’m going to take it from them by any means,'” said Miami Township, Ohio police Sgt. Jay Phares.
Athletic shoes such as Air Jordan’s — NBA legend Michael Jordan’s sneaker line — are a popular target among thieves, especially during the Christmas season.
“You know, I’m a concealed carry permit holder. If someone attempts, you know, I’m prepared,” said a man at the scene in an interview with WLWT.
Ohio has experienced a massive surge of new concealed carry permit requests in recent years. According to an article from the Columbus Dispatch earlier this year, 96,972 new permits were issued in 2013 — a 50 percent increase from 2012. Permit renewals quadrupled over the same time span to 48,370.