Customer shoots to fend off attacker at Kalamazoo Co. Meijer

OSHTEMO TWP, Mich —  An armed customer was able to fend off an attacker at a local Meijer assaulting several employees and a customer overnight.

It happened at the Meijer on West Main Street in Oshtemo Township at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies in Kalamazoo say the suspect had just committed some kind of crime, and assaulted several employees and a customer.

That’s when a customer pulled out his gun and fired shots at the suspect as he fled.

Deputies don’t believe anyone was hit. The suspect is believed to be a black male, about 5 foot 8, and was last seen wearing a green and grey sweater, sweatpants, and ball cap.

If you know anything, call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at 269-383-8748 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.

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  • Scott

    Fox 17, is there any info on of the store customer was a law abiding CPL holder? Because the way this is written makes it sound like some random good Samaritan with a gun fired at someone running away. Can you please clarify?

    • Laurie

      Common Sense, your comment is deplorable! Your toxicity is what fosters hate, I fell very sorry for your uneducated cold soul. And it takes everything in me to not respond with my first response was.

      • V5rocks

        The facts are Blacks make up 13% of the population and commit 60% of the violent crime (mostly on other blacks), I’m prettty sure thats where the comment came from.

    • SignedUpJust2TellUOff

      No more than I am when a white man commits a violent crime. Do you think anyone has a monopoly on violence? Get out of here with that ignorant crap.

      • OK

        again , The facts are Blacks make up 13% of the population and commit 60% of the violent crime (mostly on other blacks), I’m prettty sure thats where the comment came from.

      • Common sense

        Yes. Blacks commit more crime than any other race. Nothing racist about facts. The commit 7 times as many violent crimes as whites.

  • Bob Jakubowski

    Who writes this? Do you not have an editor, Fox17? Watching the video and reading the story is like two different stories.

    • Sancho

      Yes, the video is now gone (at least for me on mobile) but the video was the only mention of a weapon.

      MLive, WOOD, and WWMT, all report in incident but do not report that the bad guy had a weapon.

      There is a thread on the Kzoo Sub-Reddit where a person states that they have seen the report from the sheriff and it does not mention a weapon. I’m inclined to believe them.

  • Carolina

    Why are you guys not posting any pictures from Meijers surveillance? They have real cameras that they can get pictures from of the suspect so we have a better idea what he looks like!!!

  • Katie

    You guys are acting like they were shooting at an innocent victim. They were shooting at a guy who was assaulting people and who had committed a previous crime.

  • lml25

    I’m reading these comments and I can’t believe people are looking out for the thug and his supposed rights.Whatever happens to him while he is committing a crime is ON HIM.In a split second,he could turn and open fire or bring a knife out.No one knows.He already had assaulted customers and employees.And you defend HIM?This country is going down the liberal toilet.