Two Shot Waiting To Buy Air Jordans
Two Wilmington men were critically injured and a 22-year-old city woman was grazed by a bullet Saturday in a pre-dawn shooting on North Market Street, a few paces from the Villa store where dozens were camped out to buy a new Air Jordan sneaker.
The two men, ages 21 and 22, were in front of the store at about 5:30 a.m., when they were approached by a black male, said Cpl. Jamaine Crawford, spokesman for Wilmington police.
Words were exchanged and the man shot both victims in the upper body. A woman was grazed by a passing bullet, Crawford said.
Police learned the two victims had been taken to Wilmington Hospital in a private vehicle. They later were taken to Christiana Hospital, where they remain in critical condition, Crawford said.
The woman was treated and released from Wilmington Hospital, he said.
Several dozen people were still in line when the store opened just after 10 a.m. Some had been there since 5 a.m.
One man, who stood in line with his dog, said the victims were not in the sneaker line.
Ron Johnson, assistant manager at Villa for the past five years, said when staff arrived about 8:30 a.m., police still were on the scene investigating.
Johnson said the woman grazed by the bullet was first in line, but he did not believe the victims were in line for shoes.
“There are a lot of different stories,” he said.
Villa has been on the 600 block of N. Market Street for about six years, Johnson said, and Saturday was not the first time people have camped out waiting for release of a shoe.
“But this is the first time there has been an incident like this.”
The adult shoe – the latest in a line of shoes named for former NBA superstar Michael Jordan – sells for $185. Tickets to get those shoes were distributed before Saturday, Johnson said. The line Saturday was for those hoping to buy the junior shoe, which goes for $125, he said.
Villa was sold out of those shoes within 15-20 minutes.
The man in line with his dog said he was there when the shooting happened. He would not give his name.
“This wasn’t about the shoes. It just gives the place a bad name,” the man said. “They [the shooting victims] were nearby but it had nothing to do with this.”
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