WINTER PARK, Fla. - A Winter Park restaurant owner and his cook are facing felony charges after police said the owner opened fire on two customers and the cook kicked their vehicle Monday night.
The incident happened at a restaurant called Wazzabi near Winter Park Village over a complaint about the food, police said.
Police said the owner of the restaurant, 55-year-old Quoc Tran, was arrested on aggravated assault charges.
WFTV's Renee Stoll spoke with the two victims on Monday.
Winter Park residents Marshall Phillips and Destin McMahon said they never thought a complaint about a restaurant's bad service would leave them dodging bullets.
The two said they complained to the server about the service and food Sunday night.
"It's like, complain about food and have your life threatened," said Phillips.
"He decides to immediately start screaming at us, starting a scene and the whole thing, everybody's looking," said McMahon.
While Phillips paid his $13 bill, McMahon refused to pay his $19 tab because he said he only took a few bites before sending it back.
The two left the restaurant, but were followed by the owner and the cook, with the server trailing behind.
"I come here to get in the car and the guy comes and just rips the door open, the manager, you know," said Phillips.
"We didn't get like maybe 10 feet before the manager started harassing us, chasing us, yelling at us," said McMahon.
"The bigger gentleman that came out with him, the boss, kicks in that huge dent here and here (pointing to the car)," said McMahon. "They immediately, 'Boom!' start pounding on the back, there's dents all here."
The two said they tried to drive out of the lot toward Orlando Avenue.
"I looked at these guys in the rear view as they're coming at us and I saw a flash and I heard it, 'Pop!' you know," said Phillips.
Police said Tran fired a single bullet that lodged into Phillips' bumper.
Servers at the restaurant told WFTV it is unlike Tran.
The victims were just as shocked.
"They could probably shoot and kill us over $19," said Phillips.
The cook, Hoai Tran, was also arrested, but the server was not.
Phillips said he plans to sue the owner and the cook for damages to his car.
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