A woman who was assaulted at an Iowa grocery store shot her attacker with a legally owned firearm in what police say was an act of self-defense, according to reports.
The woman says she was shot Sunday morning because she was ‘blinded, beaten and put in a headlock’ inside the Hy-Vee grocery store in Des Moines, KCCI 8 reported, citing the Des Moines Police.
The alleged attacker, identified by police as Kapri Francis, 30, was shot in the leg after he launched a “totally unprovoked attack” on the legally armed woman, police said, according to KCCI 8.
A male customer was also injured after the bullet ricocheted and hit him in the foot, according to the report.
Police said the two women involved knew each other, according to KCCI 8.
Francis has been charged with assault causing bodily harm while the woman who used his gun faces no charges.
“Preliminary investigation into this incident indicates that the suspect and one of the victims (the shooter) were involved in a spontaneous argument within the store prior to the shooting,” the sergeant said. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police told the Des Moines Register.
After speaking to witnesses and reviewing evidence, detectives “have learned that the shooter in this incident acted in self-defense after being violently assaulted,” police also reportedly said.
Parizek said the relationship between Francis and the alleged shooter is “best described as having a history of conflict between the two,” the Des Moines Register reported.
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