Nazareth restaurant owner says he's scared, considering leaving the country

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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther is saying he hopes to convince the owner of Nazareth Restaurant & Deli to stay in Ohio.

Hany Baransi, owner of Nazareth Restaurant & Dei, tells ABC 6/FOX 28 that he is contemplating moving back to Israel after the machete attack that took place in his restaurant last week.

Baransi says he does not feel safe in the United States after this attack.

"I love America and I love the America I came to in 1983," Baransi said. "I am still American in my heart. I love this country, but what's going on now is not right."

Andrew Ginther, mayor of Columbus, spoke with ABC 6/FOX 28 about Baransi's plan to move back to Israel.

He says this update is news to him and he hopes to make a personal phone call to Baransi, meet with him, break bread and convince him to stay.

"What has happened is tragic," said Ginther to ABC 6/FOX 28 reporter Mike McCarthy. "We are going to do everything in our power as a city to make sure we support all of our workers, all of this community's work, to be a smart and open and welcoming place for people from around the world."

Baransi has received a lot of support from the Columbus community since the attack. The doors of the restaurant are flooded with notes that say "We love you" and "our prayers are with you." The community has made notes on our ABC 6 Facebook page (http://www.Facebook.com/WSYXABC6) saying they hope the owner stays in town.

Four people are currently recovering after being victims of this brutal machete attack at Nazareth.

The suspect, Mohamed Barry, was shot by authorities as he lunged toward one of the officers. He was pronounced dead on the scene.


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