Man shot to death while paying for others’ meals at Florida Waffle House

Posted at 4:53 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 16:53:40-04

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 41-year-old good Samaritan was gunned down at a Florida Waffle House after he’d paid for others’ meals and handed out cash, the Gainesville Sun reported.

Ezekiel Hicks, 25, is accused of shooting a man in the head at a Florida Waffle House. (Alachua County Sheriff)

Ezekiel Hicks, 25, was arrested in the murder of Craig Brewer, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Hicks had been with a woman and she was upset that Brewer had paid for others’ meals at the Waffle House on Sunday, but not for her own, the paper reported.

Officials said Hicks argued with Brewer, then left the restaurant and came back with a handgun.

“Despite the efforts of at least one bystander, the suspect went back inside, approached the victim, and a physical fight started,” police said in a news release. “As the fight continued, the suspect took the handgun from his pants and shot Brewer in the head.”

The argument, fight and shooting were all captured on surveillance video, police said.

Deputies responded to the restaurant to help disperse a “large unruly crowd,” but, by the time they got there, Brewer had been killed, Lt. Brett Rhodenizer told NBC News.

Deputies arrested Hicks near the Waffle House, according to the sheriff’s office release.