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Restaurant shooting lands two in hospital

4 years ago Saturday, December 11, 2010 5:06:42 PM CST December 11, 2010 Saturday, December 11 2010 Dec 11, 2010 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- Two people are recovering from gunshot wounds after gunfire broke out at a local Cajun restaurant in Baton Rouge.

It happened in the parking lot of Brunet's Cajun restaurant on South Flannery near Florida Boulevard.

Police say Harvey E. Williams, Jr., 63, of Baton Rouge, shot through the door of the restaurant six times, hitting two people in the leg and ankle. Witnesses at the scene claim at least two other people were grazed by bullets or debris from the door, but weren't seriously injured.

"As a witness of looking at the door, there were six bullet holes one of the bullets was lodged in the door five bullets came out of the metal door and two of the bullets had obviously hit two customers," said Vickie Willeby, who's daughter was at the restaurant when the shooting happened. 

According to witnesses, Williams left the restaurant without paying and when he was asked to pay his bill he got a gun instead. That's when workers and customers ran inside and locked the door, leaving Williams outside.

"I was just hysterical and still am today, I think today it's setting in what happened," said Willeby, "this could happen anywhere."

Despite the gunfire, Willeby says she'll keep coming back to one of her favorite cajun restaurants.

"This is not going to prevent us from going to Brunet's he's been opened for 37 years, a wonderful restaurant, the staff are awesome people, it's just a freak of a thing. I hate that it happened there but it has nothing to do with the restaurant," said Willeby.

Williams was charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery with a gun and was booked into parish prison.

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