CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina restaurant worker was fatally shot and the suspect was wounded Tuesday during an attempted robbery, a police chief said.
The Steak ‘n Shake employee was shot inside the restaurant south of downtown Charlotte about 11:30 a.m., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a briefing. MEDIC, the county’s emergency medical service, said the worker was pronounced dead at the scene. Putney said a customer also was wounded.
The chief said Pineville police officers responding to the scene exchanged gunfire with the suspect in the parking lot and wounded him. No officers were hurt and a gun believed to belong to the suspect was recovered, he said. Police did not identify anyone involved.
Restaurant employee Dinabel Mejia told The Charlotte Observer that she sprinted out of the restaurant’s back door when she saw a masked man with a pistol. Mejia still held a coffeepot in her hand more than an hour after the shooting.
“I didn’t watch him shoot, but I went for the back door, and then he left running and I left running,” she said. “I feel sick; I feel as though my heart hurts. I don’t know what happened.”