Video surveillance from the Little Caesars location showed the suspect's initial attack on the store's employee.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A pizza store employee shot and killed a man wearing a clown mask who attacked him with a wooden pole and a pair of scissors in Holly Hill late Saturday night, police said.
Video surveillance from the business showed the suspect’s initial attack on the pizza store employee, said Holly Hill police Chief Steve Aldrich.
Around 11:50 p.m., Holly Hill police responded to 911 calls from the Little Caesars restaurant at 158 Ridgewood Avenue to report shots fired, Aldrich said.
On the surveillance video, the suspect wearing the mask can be seen arriving at the business carrying what police described as a 2-inch by 4-inch thick pole. Later on in the video, the employee is seen checking the security system and steps out from a side door. The suspect immediately launches his attack, swinging the pole before disappearing from view.
The News-Journal requested the 911 call of the attack and shooting incident, but sheriff’s spokeswoman Laura Williams said it will not be available until Tuesday as the Public Information Office is closed for the Memorial Day weekend.
In a Holly Hill police incident report, Heriberto Feliciano, 28, of Holly Hill, told officers that he was locking up the pizza store for the night when he was attacked by a man wearing a clown mask. Feliciano said he was hit with a wooden post until it broke and then the suspect tried to stab him with a pair of scissors, police said.
Feliciano suffered injuries to his face and shoulder, and his relatives drove him to the hospital, police said.
Feliciano said that during the attack he was able to reach for his firearm, for which he has a concealed-carry permit, and shot the suspect four to five times at close range, a police report states.
Feliciano could not be reached Sunday.
Officers arriving at the business found the suspect suffering from gunshot wounds. A police incident report indicates the suspect was laying in the middle of the parking lot of the business with a clown mask and scissors on the ground near him.
The suspect, who was unresponsive, was transported to the Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he died of his injuries, Aldrich said.
A manager on duty at the pizza store Sunday said employees were not given details of the incident but said they were aware “that something bad happened.”
Aldrich said Sunday that police are waiting on the Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the identification of the deceased suspect.
Patricio G. Balona is a reporter for The Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal.