Hany Baransi, the owner of the Nazareth Restaurant, says his business was targeted by an insane bloody machete attack because he’s a Christian.
More from CNN:
A man wielding a machete stormed a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, and attacked several people before he was killed by police, authorities said Thursday.
The suspect was the only one killed. Nobody inside the Nazareth restaurant and deli said they knew him, according to police.
“(He) immediately began swinging a machete at customers and employees inside,” Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said. “There was no rhyme or reason as to who he was going after as soon as he walked in, according to some of the witnesses.”
Police have tentatively identified the suspect but would not reveal his name or age.
“Right now there’s nothing that leads us to believe that this is anything but just a random attack,” Weiner said.
Karen Bass was inside the restaurant when it all happened.
“He came through the front door and then started just systematically hitting people,” she told CNN affiliate WSYX. “I thought it was a personal thing, and then he just started down the row hitting everybody.”
Four people were injured and transported to the hospital.
One victim who was in critical condition underwent surgery and is now “stable,” Weiner said.
Is it a coincidence that the restaurant’s name is “Nazareth”?