Duluth gun store owner shot by employee after argument, cops say

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Duluth police are investigating a shooting at a gun store Wednesday afternoon that involved the owner and an employee, officials said.

Detectives were called to the scene at Gun Lobby at 3931 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, police said in a tweet just before 3:45 p.m. The two men were taken to the hospital and were stable. The owner was shot twice, while the employee requested to be taken to the hospital due to a heart condition, Channel 2 Action News reported.

According to Channel 2, the men became involved in an argument immediately before the shooting. Both were carrying guns, and the employee told police at the scene that he fired on the owner because he feared the owner would shoot first, the news station reported.

The owner was shot in the arm and side, according to Channel 2, and the other store employees rendered first aid.

Investigators are still working to determine the circumstances of the shooting before making a decision about whether to file criminal charges, Duluth police spokesman Officer Ted Sadowski said Thursday. He added that authorities would share further details about the case only after it was determined if charges would be filed.

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