Deputies: Man paid for customers’ meals at Florida Waffle House before he was killed

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FLORENCE, SC – SEPTEMBER 14: An open Florence South Carolina Waffle House sits deserted as the center of Tropical Storm Florence blows through on September 14, 2018 in Florence, South Carolina. The storm made landfall as a category 1 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was fatally shot at a Florida Waffle House had been paying for other customers’ meals and handing out money when he was killed.

Alachua County Sheriff’s officials told news reporters a female customer apparently got angry when 41-year-old Craig Arttez Brewer didn’t include her in his acts of kindness early Sunday.

After he didn’t pay for her meal, that resentment sparked an argument between Brewer and the man accused of shooting him, 25-year-old Ezekiel Luke Hicks.

Lt. Brett Rhodenizer says Hicks and Brewer got into physical fight before Hicks left the restaurant and returned with a gun. He says Brewer was shot multiple times, including in the head.

Hicks is charged with first degree murder.

A lawyer for Hicks isn’t listed on jail records.

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