American Coney Island hires off-duty cops following shooting

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click to enlarge Grace Keros of American Coney Island. - Metro Times file photo
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Grace Keros of American Coney Island.
American Coney Island owner Grace Keros has hired off-duty uniformed cops to work shifts at her restaurant after a late-night brawl earlier this month that resulted in one of her employees getting shot.

“I’m paying for it but I’m happy to do it,” Keros told The Detroit News on Wednesday. “We’re a family business and this isn’t going to happen here at my place.”

According to American Coney Island employees, shortly after 3 a.m. on Jan. 8 a group of young men started harassing women who were waiting in line to use the restrooms. When employees tried to intervene, a brawl erupted, resulting in the men throwing chairs and pummeling a 19-year-old American Coney Island employee.

During the brawl, an armed man entered the restaurant wearing a black and red ball cap and red polo shirt and shot the restaurant employee. According to a police statement, the 19-year-old victim suffered a non-fatal wound.

Police are looking for tips on the identity of the shooter and the other men released surveillance video on Wednesday. You can watch it below:


In 2015, Keros was pickpocketed while standing outside of her restaurant. Surveillance video showed her friend and former Fox 2 anchor Charlie LeDuff chase the thief down.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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