THE BRONX -- Workers at the Habibi Deli in the Bronx are considering themselves lucky after a gun-toting suspect allegedly tried to kill them -- but the gun jammed.
The whole incident began shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday, at the East Gun Hill Road Deli.
That is where police say 22-year-old Timothy Bohler walked in and tried to buy an Arizona ice tea on credit. When the clerk said no, Bohler became irate and tried to steal the clerk's money.
As Bohler turned to leave, he was followed by deli worker Ali Hadiss.
Bohler turned around and allegedly threw the can of ice tea at Hadiss's face, cutting his upper lip. Hadiss needed four stitches for that cut.
"He was holding that can of iced tea," recalls Hadiss. "Then he hit me with it and really surprised me with it."
But, the incident was not over. Bohler vowed to return and he did five minutes later. This time he was not wearing a shirt and walked right into the store with a gun.
The store was packed with customers including a mother and her two young children. They fled, while one worker, Omar Hadiss, tried to reason with the gunman. That is when Bohler tried to fire the gun twice, but it failed. Realizing the gun was jammed, he pistol whipped Hadiss in the face.
"I was just saying to him, please put the gun away," recalls Omar Hadiss. " I said please don't shoot me, I have a wife and kids."
Bohler then left and got into a red 2010 Dodge Charger according to police. Police say a few blocks away witnesses described hearing a gunshot come from that vehicle. Bohler eventually stopped the car at Waring Avenue and Tiemann Avenue.
However, he fled the scene. Police found the gun in the backseat of the car. After questioning his girlfriend, police let her go.
If you have any information on Bohler's whereabouts, contact police.AlertMe