A man is dead after an altercation that ended with a store employee of a Northeast Side liquor store shooting him, police said.
The shooting happened in the 1500 block of Austin Highway.
Police said the man had been in the store before and had previously had an altercation with the store employee.
Before heading to the liquor store Tuesday afternoon, police believe the man called a local crisis hotline from a nearby Chick-Fil-A and told them his intentions of going to the store and confronting the employee.
Police believe the man was under a lot of stress, according to what they heard from crisis hotline operators.
When the man arrived at the store, police said, he cornered the employee. The employee then drew a weapon and fired several shots at the man. The man was hit multiple times.
It’s unknown if the man had any weapons.
Police said the employee will not face any charges. The identity of the man who was shot has not yet been released.
What the community is saying:
“There's a sign on the door that says nothing in here is worth dying for, and there's a silhouette of a gun on the door. I believe the man had the right to defend his property. It’s a matter of how threatened he was before shooting,” said Leon Hefner, a witness.
“I think it’s kind of crazy that it's happening. This strip here, a lot of kids come in this area too,” said Crystal Trevino, a parent.