MILWAUKEE – A waitress with a concealed carry permit and armed with a handgun defended her co-worker after an irate customer went behind the counter and punched her, newly released video reveals.
The attack occurred at George Webb restaurant in Milwaukee on June 28 at 1:00 a.m. Although the woman suffered a devastating blow, it could have been much worse, according to Alderman Bob Donovan, who made the footage public.
“I thank God the other waitress had a concealed carry weapon, has a permit … I shudder to think, had she not been there and had she not had this weapon, what this guy might have done,” Donovan told Fox 6.
According to the report, the assaulting suspect is a regular at the restaurant. He had reportedly had been cursing at his server throughout the night for taking too long with his order. Finally, he came behind the counter and gave her a vicious blow to the face.
The woman, who suffered a concussion as a result of the attack, then stumbled behind her co-worker, around the corner and out of view.
Within seconds, the woman’s colleague pulled out a handgun from her waistband and pointed it at the angry attacker who made a few steps toward the women before backing off. The armed waitress demonstrated competence and command presence. She appeared prepared to use it had the angry customer not backed off.
Although the suspect has not been arrested, Fox News reports that Milwaukee police know who they are looking for and that the man is reportedly a known drug dealer.
According to local media, the victim is back at work and she said the restaurant’s owner allows employees to carry a concealed weapon as long as they have a permit.
“It is sickening to see this unsuspecting worker assaulted so brutally by this individual,” Donovan said. “For a man to do that to some innocent woman, it’s just beyond me.”
According to Fox 6, the victim is too scared to speak out publicly regarding the attack.
For Donovan, it isn’t enough; calling the incident a symptom of a larger crime problem plaguing Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.
“We need to wake up this community and they need to start expecting of their public officials a better level of safety,” said Donovan.
The Milwaukee alderman said a person capable of this kind of behavior is “a threat to all of us.” As a result, he urged anyone with information on the suspect to call police at 414-935-7360.