MILWAUKEE -- A misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge has been filed against Bhupinder Sidhu, a former clerk at the BP gas station located near Sherman Park -- accused in a shots fired incident that happened at the gas station Tuesday night, July 19th.
The charge filed against Sidhu is disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon.
The criminal complaint indicates officers were dispatched to the gas station for a shots fired call on Tuesday night.
Police learned shots had been fired by a gas station employee.
According to the complaint, Sidhu told investigators shortly after Sherman Park closed at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, a large group of juveniles came to the store.
An employee attempted to close the entrance to the store -- but couldn't because someone was holding the door open.
Sidhu claimed he feared for his safety and his employee's safety -- so he took his loaded Smith & Wesson M&P .40 caliber shield handgun from behind the counter and exited the store.
He said he then pointed the handgun in the air, and fired two rounds "in order to try to get people to leave the store."
Investigators reviewed surveillance video, which shows Sidhu exiting the store while holding what appears to be a handgun. Sidhu can then be seen raising the gun in the air -- and the crowd can be seen scattering.
Sidhu and two others are then seen following the crowd until everyone left the area near the gas station.
Sidhu is set to make his initial appearance in court in this case on July 27th.
The incident has led to protests and a call to boycott the gas station.
The protest continued Thursday, July 21st. A group of people camped out at the gas station, located at Sherman and Burleigh told potential customers to spend their money elsewhere.
"There's no reason for a kid to be getting shot at," a protester said.
"I'm not saying their behavior was acceptable, but shooting at them is never acceptable," a protester said.
Protesters say a group of 40-50 young people were gathered in the gas station's parking lot on Tuesday night when gas station employees tried to close the doors.
"I just heard two gunshots. I thought somebody got killed," a protester said.
"You just came out and shot your gun off over the heads of kids," said Frank Nitty, who organized the protest.
Nitty was there on Tuesday night, and said he confronted the gas station employee who fired the shots. He has been doing live reports on Facebook -- promoting the boycott.
"I keep hearing these are bad kids. If they're bad then come to where these bad kids are and help them," said Nitty.
On Thursday, amid the protest, the gas station's owner lowered the price of gas to $1.99 per gallon in an effort to bring customers to his store.
The move drew a line of cars to the gas station -- but those looking to fill their tanks with cheap gas had to deal with taunts from protesters.
"If somebody believes that property is worth more than life, that`s not somebody you should spend your money with. That tells me you care about my dollar and not my life," Vaun Mayes Bey said.
Rochelle Wallace was one of those who stopped at the gas station to fill up her tank. She said she wasn't intimidated by the protesters.
"I mean, I understand the point, but let`s make sense. At what point do you take responsibility for your kids and at what point do you say -- stop tearing up the gas station. Be respectful to the gas attendant. We need to shop here. This is your community," Wallace said.
A few weeks ago, on June 29th, windows were broken at the nearby BP gas station, which had to close due to safety concerns after a group of teens caused a disturbance at the nearby Sherman Park.