Home Depot customer attacked in dispute during Hurricane Irma preps

Bloodied customer Joshua Shempko says man 'lunged' at him in North Miami

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – A fight broke out Tuesday night at a Home Depot store in North Miami as customers sparred about plywood during Hurricane Irma preparations.

There were long lines and limited materials at the store as South Florida residents scrambled to stock up on hurricane supplies.

WPLG-TV was there as tensions boiled over between two customers.

"He just hit me," Joshua Shempko told a Home Depot employee, pointing to another customer near the exit.

Shempko said the man struck him during a dispute about plywood.

North Miami police speak to this Home Depot customer after Joshua Shempko says the man attacked him during a dispute about plywood.

"He grabbed me and then he lunged," Shempko, who had blood on his face, told WPLG-TV.

The alleged attacker tried to run away, but he was caught and detained by police.

No other details have been released.

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