Armed customer kills hatchet-wielding attacker in 7-Eleven store

BOULEVARD PARK, WA (WCMH) — A masked man swinging a hatchet in a 7-Eleven store was shot and killed by a customer with a concealed handgun.

It happened around 5:45 Sunday morning at the store in King County near Seattle.

The King County Sheriff’s Office said a man armed with a woodcutting hatchet came into the store and silently started swinging the hatchet.

Kuldeep Singh, a clerk in the store, told KIRO-TV he was hit two or three times by the attacker. Singh received a gash to his stomach, but is otherwise okay.

Sgt. Cindi West told KIRO “This could have been disastrous.”

A 60-year-old regular customer with a concealed carry license is credited with stopping the attack.

“Had this [customer] not shot, who knows what would’ve happened. We might have a dead clerk right now and instead we have a dead bad guy,” said West.

No charges are expected against the customer, but the case will be referred to the prosecutor’s office for review. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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