7-Eleven Customer Shoots, Kills Hatchet-Wielding Attacker

A customer at a Washington state 7-Eleven shot and killed a masked man who charged into the convenience store swinging a hatchet on Sunday morning, according to authorities.

The 60-year-old customer was drinking a coffee at 5:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. ET) when the hatchet-wielding man came into the store in Burien, about 10 miles south of Seattle, according to the King County Sheriff's office, NBC News reported.

The suspect first tried to attack the customer and then went after a clerk behind the counter, wounding him in the stomach, the sheriff's office said.

The quick-thinking customer drew a concealed pistol and shot the attacker before calling the police, the sheriff's office said in a statement. Medics attempted to resuscitate the suspect, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect has not been identified, but he is believed to be in his 40s.

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