Restaurant employee shot during robbery in Olive Branch

The shooting happened at the Mi Pueblo in Olive Branch, pictured here.
The shooting happened at the Mi Pueblo in Olive Branch, pictured here.

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV)  - Police in Olive Branch are investigating a Tuesday night shooting at a restaurant that left one person in the hospital.

According to Mark Kimbell of the Olive Branch Police Department, the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. at the Mi Pueblo on Camp Creek Road in Olive Branch. The victim, an employee at the restaurant, was shot during an apparent robbery.  The victim was listed in critical condition Wednesday at The MED.

"The first suspect is a short, stocky Hispanic male wearing a red shirt and red ball cap," Kimbell said. "The second, race unknown, is described as tall and thin wearing dark clothing and a covered face."

Police are expected to release additional details about the shooting at a press conference this afternoon.

Mi Pueblo is considered to be one of the most popular restaurants in the city. The Cornerstone Barbershop is just three doors down, and owner James Faulkner was there earlier Tuesday evening. He was shocked to hear what happened.

"I gotta be honest, I'm marveled. I'm marveled, man, because I never thought this would happen this close," Faulkner said. "We thank God it wasn't us."

A woman who wished not to be identified also works very close by the restaurant. She said hearing about a shooting that close is a bit unnerving, but said crime happens, and you have to be aware of your surroundings.

"It goes on all the time all during the day, different walks of life, different parts of town," she said. "You can't control it, so you just have to live your life and watch around."

If you have information about the shooting that could help police, call 662-429-8477.

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