ON CAMERA: Man attacks Muslim 7-11 clerk because 'we are at war'

A 911 call is made from a Troy 7-11 when the clerk says a man is threatening to kill him because he is Muslim.

And it doesn't stop there a surveillance video shows exactly what happened inside the store on Crooks last Friday.

Police say the suspect didn't like the fact that the clerk behind the counter was Muslim.

"We have a problem can you come. He's drunk and trying to kill us," says the clerk on the 911 tape.

After 53-year-old James Tree enters the store, he threatens to kill the clerk because he is Muslim.

911 operator: "What's going on there?"

"He is fighting and asking for Visa in a language and saying we're Muslim. He's drunk, please come here."

Surveillance video captured how it all unfolded. Keep your eyes on the white man, Tree, who is wearing the black jacket.

Police say the Farmington Hills man who was already drunk by twice the legal limit, went up to the counter to buy some more beer.

FOX 2 is told he began yelling ethnic slurs at the store clerk saying we are "at war" and threatening to kill him because he is a Muslim..

When Tree was asked to leave, he went ballistic. Watch as he came around the counter and attacked the manager.

Tree lashes out punching him several times in the head and face. He was bloody from the beating but was treated by an ambulance crew and able to go home.

On the 911 recording, the Muslim clerk said, "Can you come please, he taken knife" before hanging up abruptly.

The clerk and manager were eventually able to overpower Tree and push him out the door and lock it behind him.

Police were able to arrest Tree at a nearby gas station.

He now faces two counts of ethnic intimidation and one count of assault and battery.

FOX 2 spoke to the owner of the 711 by phone, but he declined an interview because of death threats, saying "it's not worth it."

He said the video and call speak for themselves.

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