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Published May 24, 2011, 09:38 AM

Customer trying to return pellet guns turns into heated exchange, possible charges

Lake Park, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A bizarre story out of Lake Park tonight. What started as a customer trying to return a few air soft guns turned into a heated exchange that went places that nobody saw coming.

JOHN EISELE - Shot with Toy Gun: “He pointed it right at me and shot me right in my chest. And then after that he threw the gun at me and told me to leave.”

When John Eisele went into Tools and More in Lake Park to exchange four air soft guns, he was just expecting to get his money back. Store owner Brian Shively tells us Eisele became increasingly upset because the store does not except returns or exchanges.

Eisele: “I was just surprised; I guess I was thankful I wasn't returning a machete or something.”

The owner of Tools and More refused to go on Camera, however he did admit to shooting Eisele after the customer kept insisting the toy guns did not work. Shively says he was just frustrated and wanted to prove the guns did work.

JAY NELSON - Lake Park Police Chief: “I thought there was poor judgment on both parties involved in the incident.”

Shively said after he shot Eisele, Eisele left his store outraged and began yelling at unsuspecting customers outside of the store. Both called the cops to file a report against one another.

Nelson: “There was conflicting stories and I'm taking the information down, doing up a report and I'll turn it over to the city attorney and she'll determine if there's charges filed on either the store owner or both parties.”

Now, these five-dollar toy guns could result in hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars in lawyer fees. Eisele told us he is still debating on whether or not to sue the store.

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