Black couple restrains white man who pulled gun on them during meeting

A Black couple in Arizona restrained a man who pulled out a gun during a business meeting in Mesa, Arizona. 

The incident, which took place at Chef’s Shared Kitchen, was caught on camera. 

Solomon and Brittney Odubajo, owners of the Whatcha Cooking food truck, used Chef’s Shared Kitchen to prepare food for their business. 

The owners of the Watchu Cooking food truck are raising money for a brick-and-mortar location.(Photo Credit: Watchu Cooking/Facebook)

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Tom Toot, the life partner of the kitchen space’s owner, told the couple he was in charge of the scheduling and operations. 

According to ABC 15, Toot told Brittney the couple was contaminating the kitchen. 

During an interview on Start Your Day with Sharon Reed and Mike Hill, the couple also said Toot pulled out a shirt that said “All Lives Matter.” 

As tensions escalated, Toot reached for a gun and Solomon jumped up to stop him. He kept his hand on the gun, preventing Toot from shooting him while Brittney called the police. 

During her conversation with the 911 operator, she begged them to tell officers that her Black husband was not the suspect and that the gunman was white. 

“I kept pleading on the 911 call, ‘My husband is not the suspect. He’s African-American. He’s fighting the guy with a gun. His hand is on the weapon, but please whatever you do, do not shoot him,'” she told ABC 15. 

Seven officers from the Mesa Police Department responded to the scene and Toot was tased. 

He is now being charged with aggravated assault and investigators are looking into his motivation to determine if this is a hate crime. 

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Toot’s lawyer said her client is a disabled veteran who does not discriminate. 

Candice is a business woman and Tom is disabled veteran, both of them have worked and served alongside people from all walks of life and have never discriminated against anyone regardless of race, sexual orientation or religious preference. Prior to this incident they had never been accused of being racist and are sickened by the allegation.”

The couple set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for a brick-and-mortar location for their business and a commissary kitchen space that will welcome all from the community. 

So far, more than $230,000 has been donated. 

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