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Bar involved in attempted robbery to offer concealed carry class

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Bar involved in attempted robbery to offer concealed carry class

By Yona Gavino. CREATED Aug 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 20, 2013

MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee bar that was nearly robbed will now be holding a concealed carry license training class.

Andy Kochanski was serving his customers at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall when he says three men came in. One was wearing a hoodie, and the others had on masks. He recalled they had black semi-automatic handguns.

The criminal complaint states one of the suspects pointed the gun at Kochanski. Kochanski fired, and the other two men ran out of the bar.

The suspect Kochanski shot fell to the floor. The report states Kochanski then called 911 and began CPR on Carmelo Matos-Arzola. He later died.

Police say the second suspect was shot twice.  He asked a friend to drive him to a hospital in Illinois for treatment. Kochanski says he was merely trying to protect himself and his patrons.  This isn't the first time Kochanski was involved in a shooting like this.  In 2008, he also shot at two men who tried to rob his store, but they ran away from the bar.

"The support from people is just all across the country. It’s been amazing. It’s probably helped me get through this," adds Kochanski.

Kochanski tells TODAY’S TMJ4 that a certified instructor also reached out to him about holding a concealed carry license class at the bar this weekend. He’s looking forward to it.

“It should be interesting to see how many people are interested in it,” shares Kochanski. “I think it's a good thing. People should be educated."

The class will be held on August 25 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

Yona Gavino

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Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.