Reports are coming in about a shooting outside a Wilmington, Delaware shoe store, where people were lined up early Saturday (Oct. 5) morning to cop a pair of the latest Jordans.
The shooting occurred at around 5:30AM outside the Sneaker VILLA. A dozen people were camped out waiting to buy a pair of the junior NIKE Air Jordan V Bel-Air at the time of the shooting. The shoe is inspired by the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and retails for $185, while the junior version costs $125. Two men — aged ages 21 and 22 — were shot and taken to a nearby hospital, where they remain in critical condition. The young men were approached by another male, who pulled out a gun and shot both in the upper body. Another pedestrian, a 22-year-old woman, was hit by a stray bullet. The woman was taken to the hospital, treated and released.
The investigation is ongoing and there are conflicting reports on whether the men had been waiting in line for the shoes at all. The woman was first in line. While the shooting doesn’t appear to be over the new Air Jordan V Bel-Airs perhaps the most disturbing thing about this story is that people in line remained in line, even after the shooting had taken place. The shoes sold out in 15 minutes.
“Our customers are our first priority,” Sneaker VILLA said in a statement. “At VILLA, we take great pride in treating our customers like family and we will continue to take the proper steps to ensure that our customers are safe. We have strong values and are committed to working with our community to create an environment where everyone can achieve their dreams and prosper.”