Restaurant manager shot during robbery - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Restaurant manager shot during robbery

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man they say shot the manager of a southeast Shelby County McDonalds late Sunday night during a robbery.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular said the shooting happened just after 11:00pm at the McDonalds in the 3800 block of Hacks Cross.

Shular said employees were closing the restaurant's dining room when a man wearing a black ski mask ran in through a side door. The man, armed with a pistol, approached the closing manager, who was behind the counter.

"He demanded money from her," Shular said. "Just went straight up to her, but before she could even react, he fires his piston, and she's hit on the right side."

The manager was taken to The MED in stable condition. No customers were in the store and no other employees were hurt.

Shular said the suspect took some money from the restaurant's office and ran out the back door.

Sheriff's detectives said the robber wore a white jacket with dark sleeves. On the back of the jacket was a gold design, perhaps the face of a man. The robber also wore a black shirt with a white tee shirt underneath, black "Air Force One" Nike shoes, and blue jeans. He was about five feet, five inches tall.

Investigators said it was not the first time a gunman tried to hold up this McDonalds.  Surveillance video from 2006 shows another robbery at the same restaurant.  In the video, several men point guns at employees and demand cash.

A spokeswoman for a coalition of neighborhood watch captains said that the area "has" experienced and increase in house and car break-in's lately, but insisted crimes like armed robbery are rare.

Shular asked anyone with information about the robbery and shooting Sunday night to call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office General Investigation Bureau at (901) 545-5600 or Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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