HOLLY HILL, Fla. – A Pizzeria Worker in Northeast Florida Little Ceasars shot and killed a man in a clown mask who attacked him, CBS subsidiary WKMG police said. According to the Holly Hill Police Department, 28-year-old Heriberto Feliciano had just left after closing the Holly Hill store on Saturday night when a suspect wearing a clown mask attacked him.
The suspect hit Feliciano with a wooden post until the post broke and tried to prick it with scissors, according to a police report.
Authorities said Feliciano was able to reach his hidden firearm and shot the suspect several times. The suspect was declared dead. A coroner will perform an autopsy and publish his identity.
Holly Hill police chief Stephen Aldrich told the station it seems the shootings are justified.
"It was a raid-type attack and it seems he was defending himself," said Aldrich.
Aldrich said he believed the suspect knew when the restaurant closed. A surveillance video from the restaurant shows the suspect walking around the back of the restaurant while carrying something that looks like a piece of wood. It also shows that Feliciano closes the shop for the night and goes outside, before he is attacked immediately by the attacker.
Feliciano suffered injuries to the face and shoulder and his relatives drove him to the hospital, the police told the Daytona Beach News Journal. He has a license to carry a hidden weapon, the newspaper reports.
Aldrich said the police would continue to investigate.
"This is unusual for the city of Holly Hill and we take it very seriously," said Aldrich. "That's why we are aggressively pursuing it at this time."