Shaker Square pizza shop owner tells Cleveland police he shot man who harassed, assaulted him
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 61-year-old business owner told Cleveland Police he shot a man after he was verbally and physically assaulted at his restaurant.
Inchul “Scott” Kim said a 29-year-old man walked into Captain Tony’s Pizza in the 13200 block of Shaker Square Tuesday night and began calling him names.
Kim told police he had Travis Simpson walk outside the restaurant to continue the conversation and that’s when Simpson allegedly hit him several times on the head and scratched the pizza owner’s eyes. Kim told police Simpson threatened to come back with another man to beat him again.
Kim said he then went back inside the restaurant and closed up, before leaving for the evening.
When he went outside to his car, Kim said Simpson approached him with what he says was a baseball bat.
Kim told police he then pulled out his gun and tried to shoot towards the ground, but ended up hitting Simpson in the leg.
Simpson was taken to a local hospital, where he is expected to make a full recovery. Meanwhile, Kim was arrested by police.
Kim’s wife told 19 News that Simpson was a former employee, but the fight wasn’t over Simpson’s departure as a worker there.
Cleveland police said the investigation is ongoing.
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