Horry County, SC – Two armed suspects barged into a bustling South Carolina Waffle House and attacked an employee last week, but the worker was able to fend them off using his own gun, according to police.
The incident occurred on Dec. 22 at the Waffle House restaurant located at 1528 Highway 544 in the Conway area, WPDE reported.
Horry County police responded to the scene after receiving a report of possible shots fired, according to WBRC.
The victim and multiple witnesses told investigators that two men came running into the building and jumped over the counter, according to police.
They said one of the suspects attacked the employee from behind and began punching him in the head and shoving him, while the second suspect stood nearby with a gun in his hand, WBRC reported.
That’s when the worker pulled out his own firearm and chased them outside, according to police.
The suspects ran out of the building but opened fire on the employee once they got outside, investigators said.
The worker returned fire, then retreated back into the restaurant, WPDE reported.
No injuries were reported, but the Waffle House was heavily damaged during the gun battle, according to WBRC.
Investigators recovered multiple shell casings at the scene.
According to police, the employee told officers that he didn’t want to pursue charges for the assault, even if he was able to identify the suspects, WBRC reported.
The case has consequently been closed pending additional information, the Horry County Police Department (HCPD) said.