Surveillance video shows the employee being ambushed Saturday around midnight as he was turning off the lights and setting the alarm in the Holly Hill restaurant.
Minutes before the attack, another surveillance camera caught the suspect walking around the restaurant, carrying what looked like a piece of wood. "As he stepped out of the door, he was immediately attacked by a suspect that was brandishing some type of wooden board," said Holly Hill police chief Stephen Aldrich.
Police say the suspect was wearing a clown mask. The victim said the masked suspect hit him on the face and shoulder then tried to stab him with a pair of scissors before he pulled out his gun and fired multiple shots at his attacker.
Video shows a bullet hitting the door, shattering glass inside the restaurant.
Police arrived minutes later, and the suspect was taken to the hospital, where he did.
Chief Aldrich said police are checking to see if the victim has a concealed weapon license, but he is currently not facing any charges.
"It doesn't appear that way in this point in time, because, like I said, it was an ambush type of an attack, and it does appear that he was defending himself," said Aldrich. Police were searching the restaurant on Sunday for evidence.
"This is unusual for the city of Holly Hill, and we take this very seriously," said Aldrich. "That's why we are aggressively following it up at this point."
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