Police: Elderly man shot, killed in self-defense

An elderly man was shot dead overnight in the parking lot of a Family Dollar.

The shooting took place at the Northwest Atlanta intersection of Joseph E Boone and Joseph E Lowery Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

According to investigators, the elderly man, who used a walker for transportation, got into some an argument with a younger man. Things escalated, at least one shot rang out and the elderly man died at the scene.

Detectives say the suspected gunman remained at the location and is cooperating with the investigation.  

Witnesses told police it was the older man, who is now dead, who actually pulled the weapon. They went on to say the younger man then took it from him.

Police think this could be a case of self defense. They are waiting to get more information before determining if any charges will be filed.

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