A business owner in San Francisco’s Chinatown is receiving praises after saving a tourist in a daytime attack.
The incident, which was caught on surveillance camera, occurred outside the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, a landmark bakery open since 1962.
In the footage, a man in a black sweatshirt identified by witnesses as being Black can be seen following and blocking an Asian tourist from entering the bakery.
As the tourist reached the entrance, the suspect shoves him to the other side of the street, causing a commotion.
Golden Gate co-owner Kevin Chan, who witnessed the incident, immediately jumped in to protect the tourist.
Chan lifted his shirt to flash his concealed carry, which successfully deterred the suspect from causing further harm.
“I have a concealed carry and I need it to protect my business,” Chan told ABC 7. “He was scared and he didn’t want to go any further.”
The suspect eventually left the area. Chan heard that he pushed the tourist because the latter “stared” at him.
EXCLUSIVE: Owner of iconic Golden Gate Cookie Factory jumps in & flashes his conceal carry weapon- to protect a tourist who is attacked by the man in the black sweatshirt.
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“The guy asked the Black guy, ‘Why did you push me?’ The Black guy said, ‘because you stared at me two blocks away,'” Chan recalled.
The business owner has since been hailed by his staff as a hero. He decided not to report the incident, however, thinking that it might only be swept under the rug.
Still, Chan acknowledged the need for law enforcement. He stressed that the police should be reformed instead of defunded.
“This city used to be clean and safe,” Chan said, according to SF Gate. “The people now, they don’t want to come. If they don’t want to come, what kind of city are we? [The city] spends all the money on the homeless. They need to spend the money on the safety.”