An altercation at the Ocean State Job Lot store in Brockton, Massachusetts escalated into violence Sunday afternoon, leaving one man shot in the leg.
Brandon Theodat, 24, drew a knife on 18-year-old store employee Khamani Anderson, WCVB Channel 5 Boston reports.
In response, Anderson retrieved a gun from the employee break room and shot Theodat.
Witnesses reported hearing the gunshot and seeing smoke, with a shell casing later found at the scene. The exact cause of the dispute remains unclear.
Theodat, known to the store for past shoplifting incidents, is now under scrutiny for his role in the confrontation.
Theodat’s mother expressed concerns about his mental health, noting his recent discontinuation of medication led to paranoia and distance from reality.
Theodat’s has been evaluated by a court-appointed psychologist and ordered to Bridgewater State Hospital for further assessment.
He faces charges for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and default warrant.
Anderson, who had prior run-ins with the law, was remanded to jail without bail.
He now faces “charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, possession of a loaded firearm during a felony, and improper storage of a firearm,” according to CBS Boston.
If Anderson had a clean legal record, he could potentially have claimed self-defense under the Second Amendment.