(Memphis) Although still wearing his work sweatshirt, Gevaun Gooden’s love for Ching’s Wings has faded.
The employee for five years had an argument with the owner, which he says turned into an all-out brawl in the kitchen.
“He grabbed me by the back of my neck and that’s what got him jacked up,” said Gooden.
Gooden needed staples in his head.
He says owner Edgar Williams was angry because he was late for work.
Gooden says Williams grabbed a gun from his holster on his hip and threatened to kill him, then grabbed a metal pipe and started hitting him repeatedly in the back of the head.
According to police documents, officers saw the attack caught on the store’s security camera and heard the owner yell “get out.”
The documents also state the officers saw Williams grab Gooden around the neck, get a metal pipe, and hit Gooden in the head.
“It had to be something that really provoked it,” said Doris Gathright.
Ching’s is a popular spot for the University of Memphis basketball team and many others around town.
News that the owner could do something like this strikes most longtime customers off guard.
“(They’re) a very loving family, religious family,” said Gathright.
Williams said, “You have to be careful with kids today,” but offered no further explanation on what went on in the kitchen.
So far, he doesn’t face any charges, but Gooden says he will prosecute.