HOLLY SPRINGS — Police are looking for a short, thin man who concealed his face early Wednesday before kidnapping and shooting a McDonald's restaurant employee who tried to flee.
The woman told police the man shot her after attempting to force her to rob a McDonald's restaurant in Holly Springs where she worked. The victim suffered injuries not considered life threatening, police reported.
Investigators had not made an arrest in the case by late Wednesday afternoon.
The victim said she did not recognize the man, whose face was "partially concealed by some dark covering," Mark Andrews, a Holly Springs town spokesman said.
The woman, whose name has not been made public, arrived at her Raleigh home about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when she was confronted by the man.
The gunman forced the woman to get back into her car and drive to the McDonald's on the N.C. 55 Bypass, where she works. She told police that the man wanted her to rob the business.
"The robbery did not happen because the restaurant was closed," Andrews said. "My understanding is, as he stepped out of the vehicle, she threw the vehicle in reverse and tried to make a break for it."
A bullet struck the woman, but she managed to drive herself to a hospital where she was treated and the police were notified.
The gunman was last seen on foot in the parking lot of the restaurant around 1 a.m., Andrews said.
The suspect is described as a short, thin black man who was wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt, black gloves, dark pants and a dark cover over his face. Police did not provide any other distinguishing characteristics such as hair style or tattoos.
Holly Springs and Raleigh police are working together on the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Mike Stone of the Holly Springs Police Department at 919-567-4708.