As a late-night northern Florida Little Caesars employee, 28-year-old Heriberto Feliciano carries a concealed gun to protect himself. But he never counted on being attacked so quickly and so brutally that he wouldn’t be able to pull it out in the first moments of the attack.
According to local ABC affiliate WFTV, the assault took place just before midnight on Saturday in Holly Hill, just north of Daytona Beach. Feliciano was in the process of closing the pizza eatery when a man wearing a clown horror mask hit him across the face with a wooden plank, Fox News reported. A security camera captured part of the brutal assault.
The pizza store employee said the masked attacker kept hitting until he fell to the ground. Then the clown allegedly tried to stab him with a pair of scissors. Holly Hill Police Chief Stephen Aldrich explained what happened next, according to FOX 35.
“Even though he's being attacked [Feliciano is] able to pull out a concealed firearm he has and fires multiple rounds at the suspect,” Aldrich explained.
With his attacker subdued, Feliciano then placed his gun on top of his car and called 911. When police arrived, they found the masked man in critical condition. He later died.
The pizza employee himself was able to escape serious injury. Police are still looking for a motive.
“We're obviously aggressively pursuing this to find out where this individual came from and why this attack occurred,” Aldrich said.
Nearby resident Carlton Akins defended Feliciano's actions in stopping the attacker, adding, “It just gets so outrageous now. People are unpredictable. It's really crazy, man. It really is! And that's scary! I'm sorry the guy got killed, but he got what he deserved."
Twitter commenter Kenny Williams put it quite simply, stating, “Don’t attack armed people. It will not end well for you.”
A couple of days earlier, two armed citizens were able to stop a horrific restaurant shooting in Oklahoma City. According to police, a man started shooting through the outside window of a popular eatery, hitting a family with kids inside.
Two patrons took immediate action to stop him, running to their vehicles to retrieve their firearms. They were able to put a quick end to the attack, which if allowed to continue, could have resulted in far more injuries or loss of life. The gunman in that attack also died.