Restaurants diners were at a restaurant in the Cincinnati suburb of Montauk when they were attacked, and their manager is blaming a racist customer who was drunk and out of control.
The restaurant, named the Black Box, was closed last week after the attack at a black business, which was a part of a group of five restaurants that had recently closed.
The manager at the restaurant, David Sturgess, who is black, said that a white customer who appeared intoxicated drove a van through the group of restaurants, then followed a group who were leaving and started shooting at them.
He said he saw the driver and another white person shoot at the group before he turned around and chased the attacker down, but they were all killed.
Sturges said the customer, a man in his 30s or 40s, drove the van in the restaurant parking lot and then tried to get into the restaurant.
The man then drove the vehicle back to his home, which he parked in a wooded area, Sturgesses said.
He described the man as a white man who had an accent.
He then drove off and the customer followed him.
The customer got into a cab that was leaving and went inside the restaurant and then the restaurant manager was sitting in the kitchen, he said.
When the customer saw the restaurant was closed, he drove to the restaurant again and the restaurant closed, Struces said.
“They had a racist person in the front door, but that person was a white person.
He had a white face and a white accent,” Sturgs said.
After the attack, Sturdess was contacted by a white employee at the establishment who said he had heard the customer was in the business.
“I’m the manager.
I’m here to keep my restaurant open, so I called him, and he told me that he was sorry for what happened.
He apologized to everyone, and I said that he can’t do that.
He told me to keep his restaurant open and said that there was a group out here with the intent of getting my restaurant shut down,” Strues said.
The business was not open to the public.
It is unclear how many of the restaurant’s customers were white.
Struess said the white employee called the police to the scene and said he was in fear for his life.
The owner of the Black Cave Café in the town, where the restaurant is located, said he has not heard of any racial problems with customers and that they are all welcome to visit the restaurant without any problems.
“If they’re here, they’re not racist.
If they’re out here, that’s their business,” said owner Anthony Gennaro.
“The only reason they would be racist is if they’re drinking.”
The Black Box was not immediately available for comment.