UPDATE, 4:15 p.m. Monday: The King County medical examiner identified the hatchet-wielding man as Steven Blacktongue, 43. The shooting took place in unincorporated King County, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.
ORIGINAL STORY: A customer shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man attacking a clerk at a convenience store near Burien early Sunday.
About 5:45 a.m., a masked man about 40 years old walked into a 7-Eleven near South 110th Street and Eighth Avenue South and swung a hatchet at a customer, said King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West. The man then went behind the counter and attacked the 58-year-old clerk, never saying anything.
Within seconds, a customer pulled out a handgun and shot and killed the attacker, likely saving the clerk’s life, West said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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The 60-year-old customer buys coffee from the store almost every morning, West said, and sits and chats with the clerks. He has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, West said.
The clerk who was attacked told a KIRO 7 reporter that he would have been killed had it not been for the customer. The regular customer is a “very nice” guy, the clerk said.
The clerk has a minor injury on his stomach, West said.