[Video] Milwaukee Bar Owner Shoots and Kills Armed Robber & Gets Enormous Support from Community
|Incident at a Glance|
|Gun(s) Used:||Handgun||Location:||Place of Business|
|# of Suspects:||3||Shots Fired:||Multiple|
|Suspect Killed:||No, Yes||State:||WI|
Andy Kochanski, owner of Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, is no stranger to defending himself and his bar. In 2008, during a private Christmas party, 3 men, one armed with a sawed off shotgun, tried to rob the bar. Kochanski jumped into action, drawing his gun, opening fire and sending the suspects fleeing.
Last Thursday, it was deja vu. Three armed men entered Kochanski’s bar and tried to rob it.
Fearing for the safety of the customers in the bar, Kochanski once again opened fire on the would be robbers. This time, he hit his mark.
One of the suspects was struck by the gunfire and was declared dead at the scene.
The local community showed up in force to support Kockanski’s actions. Accoring to JSOnline,
“We all hope Andy’s OK,” she said. “I think he did the right thing.”
Jerry Herrmann, 87, said he drove to the bar from Genesee Depot to show support for Kochanski after hearing about the incident. He said he has frequented the location to dance for more than 30 years.
“This place has always been fun,” he said. “I’m a big supporter of Andy.”
From behind the bar, Kochanski and his brother Nicholas served drinks to about 25 patrons, including their parents who were seated at a back table. Aside from two television cameras and one or two hugs for Andy from his brother or a patron, there was no evidence of the incident that had taken place in the bar less than 24 hours earlier.
“In my view, it’s just an unfortunate circumstance,” Rudy Povlich of Bay View said. “The trouble is, put in that situation, what are you going to do?”
Kochanski posted the following message on the bar’s Facebook page,
I would like to state that I did what I had to do to protect my customers and myself. I have no regrets and would do it again if need be.
PLEASE do not let this keep you from having a great time here. PLEASE do not let this tarnish this neighborhood. This could and has happened anywhere.
You should ALWAYS feel safe here.