Manager shot in Wendy's holdup

Two gunmen flee Balto. Co. restaurant

August 13, 2008|By Kevin Rector | Kevin Rector,Sun Reporter

Two men with handguns and bandannas over their faces burst into a Wendy's restaurant in the Dogwood Station shopping center in the 2300 block of N. Rolling Road about 12:30 p.m. yesterday, shot a store manager and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

The manager was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with life-threatening injuries and was immediately taken into surgery, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a Baltimore County police spokesman. He is listed in critical condition, Hill said.

The victim's identity and details of his injuries were not available.

Rolling Road and other area streets were cordoned off as police flooded the Heraldry Square townhouse and apartment complex nearby with police cruisers, dogs and helicopters, looking for the gunmen, Hill said.

The investigation led police to expand their search into nearby communities, including those along Stony Barr Road, but the two gunmen were not located, Hill said.

Some of the restaurant's employees were still inside talking with investigators hours after the shooting took place.

Thomas Green, an employee who was not working when the shooting took place, came by to pick up a check. Green said the store has two safes, and they could have been the targets.

He said his co-workers who were in the store at the time said the two gunmen tried to get into the manager's office to access a safe there, but it was locked. The other safe, outside the manager's office, is inaccessible to all employees, Green said.

Green said the witnesses also told him that when the gunmen first approached the manager with bandannas over their faces, the manager thought they were joking and said, "Stop playing," before he was shot.

Shoppers at a nearby Mars grocery store expressed concern about the shooting.

"Something has to be done here before this turns into the city," said Katherine Williams of Lochearn. "Who's to say that people shopping here won't get shot? It's going to make me nervous."

In 2006, an armed robbery occurred at the same Wendy's restaurant when a man and a woman forced a store manager back into the building at gunpoint shortly after its 2 a.m. closing and ordered him to remove money from a safe.

kevin.rector@baltsun.com

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