The new Nike LeBron X EXT “Denim” was released Saturday morning at a few stores in the Atlanta area, and it is already knocking ‘em dead — literally.
The line started forming at 5:30 a.m. outside Wish urban clothing store in Little 5 Points near Atlanta Saturday morning. Atlanta police told Channel 2 Action News that a pick pocket tried to rob the people waiting in line.
That’s when a man got out of the line, pulled a gun and shot the robber, then returned to his place in line.
“He really stood up for all of us,” Taylor White told Channel 2. “I salute the homie that did that.”
“Sounds like he brought it on himself,” said another man waiting in line.
The thief was pronounced dead at the scene. Police will not charge the unidentified shooter.
About 45 basketball aficionados were waiting in line to buy the latest must-have basketball shoe when the shooting occurred six-and-a-half hours before Wish opened.
“It’s the leather and the denim,” said a man, explaining the appeal of the shoes. “It’s basically a pair of pants on your foot.” Some of the customers in line wore the colors of LeBron’s team, the Miami Heat.
The Heat, led by James’ 37 points and 12 rebounds, defeated the San Antonio Spurs to win back-to-back NBA titles in the 7th game of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
LeBron’s heroics in games 6 and 7 increased the demand for the coveted Nike LeBron X EXT shoes, which retail for $180.