A shooting outside a Tallahassee fast food restaurant left one man injured and employees on edge.
At 8:45 p.m. Saturday, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a call of gunfire outside a Burger King on Park Avenue.
According to police, the call came from eatery employees, who reported a bullet had come through the window.
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An hour later, a man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound, according to a TPD spokesperson. While the extent of the man’s injuries were not immediately clear, he was alert and speaking at the time.
“At this time, no arrests have been made and it is unclear who the target of the shooting was,” a TPD spokesperson wrote in an online incident update Monday. “This investigation remains ongoing.”
An employee posted a photo of a shot-out window at the restaurant next to a dining table.
“Tonight, as I was bagging a customer’s order, there was a shootout,” employee Daii Dawson wrote on Facebook. “Had I been just a STEP back from where the bullet came in the window at, I would have been hit. I was so shaken up, the woman at the drive-thru window had to yell at me and tell me what happened.” 
“Me and my other two coworkers heard a loud ping,” she told the Democrat. “Then I looked at my customer and she was yelling at me saying ‘That’s a bullet’ as she was cowering down in her driver seat.”
She said employees also called their supervisor and more than a dozen officers responded to the restaurant. The district manager also came and told employees to keep the restaurant open.
The incident is at least the 106th serious shooting this year in the capital city and county. According to a running Tallahassee Democrat analysis of gun violence, 18 have died and at least 90 have been injured.
Detectives urge anyone with information to call TPD at (850) 891-4200 or to use the anonymous Crime Stoppers service at (850) 574-TIPS.
Dawson said she felt it was important to share her story so people can appreciate the full impact such shootings have on witnesses and others.
“I’ve been sheltered my whole life, and I’ve never heard a gun before,” Dawson said. “I don’t know what to think.”


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