PORTLAND A shopper in the checkout line with his wife was shot in the leg while trying to wrestle a gun out of the hands of another man in a Clackamas Fred Meyer, police said.
The victim s wife told KGW a man, later identified by police as Jerry T. Harryman, 66, of Milwaukie, was peering over her shoulder as she typed in the password for her credit card. Dorothy Young said her husband, Bill asked the man to step back, which set off a fiery argument.
Then, she said that Harryman pulled out a gun and her 59-year-old husband, a Vietnam vet, tried to wrestle it away. Bill got shot in the leg during the struggle.
He threw a cart at Bill and Bill just moved it and kept coming and the guy raised the gun and he said, I've got a gun! and he raised it at Bill and Bill just went for it to push it down, she recalled.
Other customers and store security officers jumped in to help and were able to disarm Harryman and hold him until police arrived, according to Sgt. Adam Phillips of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
I heard a big gunshot. It was loud, said customer Phyllis Rowley. I looked up and the cashiers were dropping us to the floor and rushing us to the back of the store.
It's crazy, said customer Lorri Hoogs. What's the world coming to?
Both men were taken to local hospitals. Harryman was treated and then sent to jail for first-degree assault charges. Bill is now recovering at home from the gunshot wound just above his knee.
Dorothy said Bill avoided getting shot during his tour of duty and he certainly never expected to be shot at the grocery store.
The shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m., Tuesday in the Fred Meyer located near Interstate 205 and Highway 212.
Harryman had a license to carry a concealed weapon in Clackamas County. In court Wednesday, that license was revoked and his bail was set at $250,000.
KGWReporter Mike Benner contributed to this report