Police Identify Victims, Suspect in Deadly Restaurant Shooting

A worker at a south Charlotte Steak ‘n Shake restaurant was killed during an attempted robbery Tuesday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said. Pineville Police were called to the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant in the 9700 block of South Boulevard near the Carolina Pavilion shopping center near I-485 around 11:30 a.m.

The shooting happened during lunchtime with multiple customers inside the restaurant, Putney said. There is a movie theater nearby as well as several retail shops like Target, Nordstrom Rack, and Sears Outlet.

“It was an armed robbery, there was a person with a gun, we received multiple calls,” Putney said. “There were quite a few witnesses, the actual number I don’t know, but I’d say it exceeded five.” Putney said the employee was shot and killed inside the store.

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Family of the victim said he died defending his coworkers, and identified him as Darnell Harris. In a statement, the family said they weren’t shocked to hear he defended others in that situation, “because that’s just who he was. He was a great man and a protector and we will miss him.”

A second individual, 53-year-old Robert Carpenter, was also hurt inside the store, and has life-threatening injuries, CMPD reports. Detectives were working to determine the source of the gunfire that hurt the second victim. Putney said the suspect was shot by a Pineville Police officer and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The employee was pronounced dead at the scene. Putney said no officers were hurt and detectives were not looking for any more suspects… WCNC Charlotte

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