An attempted robbery in a North Las Vegas Walmart parking lot Tuesday afternoon ended with the intended victim shooting at the robber, North Las Vegas police said.
Sgt. Tim Bedwell said the shooting occurred about 3:20 p.m. at a Walmart store at 3950 W. Lake Mead Blvd., near Rancho Drive. The victim fired multiple times.
Police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said the victim was ambushed and thrown to the ground as the suspect tried to steal his wallet and jewelry.
Coon said the victim, in self defense, took out a gun and fired at the suspect.
She said there was no evidence the suspect was hit. She added that the victim would not be charged with any crime because he legally possessed the gun. His name was not released by police.
Police were searching for the suspect, who fled east in a car on Carey Avenue.
The victim sustained minor injuries but did not have to be hospitalized.
Coon said police were delaying the release of descriptions of the suspect and the getaway vehicle until surveillance video from the parking lot is reviewed.
Police have not ruled out that the suspect may have had an accomplice or accomplices in the getaway car, Coon said.