Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

New Port Richey police investigating shooting that left one man wounded

NEW PORT RICHEY — A man was shot and wounded Saturday after police said he assaulted a restaurant employee.

Police were called to Dulcet Restaurant and Lounge at 6220 Grand Blvd. at 10 a.m. and when they arrived saw one man with a gun standing over another wounded man on the ground. When two employees showed up for work, New Port Richey police said a man entered the restaurant and started assaulting one of them. That employee asked his co-worker to call the police while he fled the restaurant.

The man continued to pursue the employee, police said, and was seen reaching into his pocket as he grabbed the employee. That's when the employee pulled out a small-caliber gun and fired at the man, police said.

The employee, who was not identified, had a valid concealed carry permit and was "fearful for his life," police said.

The wounded man was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment and faces a charge of burglary with battery. However, New Port Richey police said Monday that they have yet to identify the wounded man. The restaurant employees said they didn't know who he was.

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