07/28/2012 09:49 am ET Updated Jul 29, 2012

Florida Man Shot Waitress With Flare Gun After She Refuses To Pay For His Beer: Cops (VIDEO)

A South Florida man shot his waitress with a flare gun Friday morning when she refused to pay for his beer.

The Miami Herald reports that the unidentified suspect entered El Eden Restaurant, located at 10755 SW 190th St. in Southwest Dade, around 10:30 a.m. and ordered a beer, insisting that the waitress pay for it.

When she refused, he grabbed paint thinner and a flare gun from his truck. He threw the flammable liquid on the waitress, and fired one flare that missed her but hit the drink cooler behind the counter.

As she attempted to flee, the man shot a second flare, which hit her in the elbow and stomach, according to witnesses on the scene.

Police say the waitress, only identified as Angelica, was the alleged shooter's ex-girlfriend. After being treated for her burns, she returned to work Friday afternoon with one of her arms in a sling.

The man was soon arrested at a nearby flea market, Local 10 reports, where he turned himself in.