CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte store clerk who says he shot a man he believed to be a robber now faces criminal charges.
It happened around 5 a.m. Monday at the Silver Express Gas shop in the 5100 block of North Tryon Street.
Larry Johnson, 62, says a man approached him as he unlocked the store. Johnson told police he ordered the man to stop several times but the man continued to come closer, although he never showed a weapon or made any verbal threats. Johnson shot the man when he failed to stop.
Walter Littlejohn suffered life threatening injuries but was listed in stable condition Tuesday.
Johnson voluntarily submitted to an interview with police after the shooting. He is now charged with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury.
Several customers at the store told NBC Charlotte they felt, even though Littlejohn had not made a threat, he acted suspiciously and Johnson was simply acting in self-defense. They did not think the clerk should have been charged.
Littlejohn's listed residence is the The Men's Shelter on North Tryon, several blocks down the street from the gas station. Another man who lives there told NBC Charlotte he thought the clerk likely stereotyped Littlejohn as dangerous because he is homeless.
Johnson is due to make his first court appearance Wednesday.