Business owners and residents near downtown reported a heavy police presence Saturday as the Dulcet Restaurant & Lounge reported a shooting just outside their building early on Saturday morning involving an employee–the restaurant’s Chef, according to a post on the Dulcet’s Facebook page. According to police, the man shot was a 29 year old New Port Richey man named Vince Angelety who had been attacking the Dulcet employee.
New Port Richey police released a statement Monday morning about the incident:
On 05-27-17 at 1003 hours (10:03 AM), New Port Richey Police Department responded to Dulcet 6220 Grand in reference to a shots fired call. Upon arrival Officers observed a male with a gun standing over another that appeared to be shot laying on the ground. The scene was secured and an investigation was conducted.
The subject that was shot [Angelety] was transported to a local hospital for gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed two employees were coming to work to prepare food for the day. An unknown subject entered the business and began battering one of the employees. The employee was yelling for the other to call the police as the subject continued to batter him.
The employee attempted to leave the area, however the suspect followed. The suspect’s actions escalated and he began to reach in his pockets and then attempted to grab the employee. The employee who was fearful for his life pulled a small caliber handgun from his pocket and fired at the suspect.
The incident was witnessed by several subjects in the area who provided written statements. The suspect was unknown to all parties involved. Nearby residents and businesses advised they had never seen the subject before. The employee was cooperative with the investigation and provided a detailed account of the incident.
The employee provided a concealed carry permit which was valid. The suspect was arrested for Burglary/Battery. At this time the suspect has not been identified however is in custody. The suspect is described as a black male 5’8″ 150 pounds with long braided hair. If anyone has further information regarding this incident contact Det.Corporal Williams 727-919-4165
From Dulcet’s Facebook page:
Early this morning there was an incident [on] our Patio. While we don’t want to get ahead of the Police as they carry out their investigations, we want to make certain facts clear to forestall misinformation and rumors.
An unidentified male had gotten access into our Patio space early this morning. When one of our Chefs and our cleaning staff member came to work this morning, the Chef was attacked and assaulted by this person.
The Chef was yelling for someone to call the Police as the assailant was trying to gain access into the Kitchen. The other staff member was in shock at the aggressiveness of the assailant. At some point, the Chef had no choice than to protect himself.