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Man with gun shakes up city restaurant staff


Fredericksburg police are trying to identify a man who brought a gun into a restaurant following an early morning disturbance.

The incident took place about 5 a.m. Sunday at the IHOP in Central Park, police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. The man with the gun didn’t threaten anyone with it, but it shook up employees enough that they called the police.

Bledsoe said a group of between four and six people was eating in the restaurant that morning when members of the group became increasingly unruly. Bledsoe said the young men and women were at “various levels of intoxication,” eventually jumping on tables and over partitions. One man was especially disruptive and was confronted by one of the employees.

The customer didn’t like the employee’s attempt to calm him down and the two exchanged words. That man then went to the parking lot and returned to the business carrying a gun.

The group paid for the meals and left a few minutes later in a maroon sedan, possibly a Toyota or a Nissan. Employees called police as soon as they left, and they were gone by the time police arrived.

Bledsoe said police will review a surveillance video once it becomes available and could file a brandishing charge.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404