Customer Fatally Shoots Hatchet-Wielding Man Inside Seattle Convenience Store
03/14/2016 AT 01:30 PM EDT
According to a statement from the King County Sheriff's Office, the suspect, whose identity is still not confirmed, allegedly entered the store and said nothing before swinging a hatchet at a customer.
The suspect then allegedly attacked the store clerk, at which point the customer who had been attacked drew a pistol and fatally shot the suspect, police say.
When the attack began, the customer and the clerk were the only people inside the store. During the attack, a man began to walk in but backed out once he heard shots ring out, Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office tells PEOPLE.
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Paramedics responded to a call to the 7-Eleven and tried to resuscitate the suspect, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.
The customer, a 60-year-old Seattle man, was not injured, police say, adding that he has a valid concealed pistol license.
"If the [customer] didn't have a gun, we have a dead clerk on our hands," West says.
The clerk, a 58-year-old Seattle man, suffered a minor injury to his stomach from the hatchet attack.
Because the suspect said nothing before his alleged attack, his motive is unknown, West says.