A Baltimore pizza shop owner said rioters doused him with lighter fluid and attempted to set him on fire. But he’s resolved to remain open and protect himself and his business with firepower of a different sort.
Essam el Ghannam has been scratching out a living baking and selling pizzas at the Papa Palace for the last eight years, according to Independent Journal Review’s Benny Johnson.
As the rioting got progressively uglier, he attempted to close up shop and make a run to his car. One of the rioters, described by him as a girl, about 14 years of age, doused both him and his vehicle with lighter fluid and tried to set him aflame by tossing lit lighters at him.
It appeared to el Ghannam that the girl and her companions did it all “for fun.”
But the experience hasn’t scared him out of maintaining his business — he’s just going to give himself the protection the police denied him — he’s going to buy a gun.
— Mike the Infidel (@Banshee308) April 29, 2015
@bennyjohnson thank you 4this Benny. After riots businesses that service neighborhoods struggle to come back.Toll is personal. Saw it in LA. — HumanFlypaper (@HumanFlypaper) April 29, 2015
— DPS (@DewCrewpgss) April 29, 2015
Much of the responsibility can be laid at the feet of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who told police to give the rioters “space to destroy.”
It’s one screwed up society that allows itself to be dictated by the whims of a 14-year-old girl.
CORRECTION: The original version of this post spelled Essam el Ghannam’s last name incorrectly.
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