2 in Custody After Fatal Shooting at NM Denny's

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two suspects have been jailed on suspicion of murder after a restaurant employee was fatally shot during a robbery at a packed Denny's Restaurant, police said.

The names of suspects, who were booked Saturday night, were not
immediately released.

Witnesses said as many as four masked men armed with rifles and
handguns rushed into the northwest Albuquerque Denny's restaurant
around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and demanded money. As many as 100 people reportedly were in the restaurant at the time.

The victim was a female employee. Witnesses told police she was shot after she ran to the back of the restaurant. Her identity was not immediately released.

One restaurant employee told police a manager was forced to open the cash register and the robbers took an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing.

Police, who were in the area because of a recent string of robberies, arrived at the scene within minutes of the robbery and took one suspect into custody. Another suspect was arrested after a getaway car was followed to a nearby trailer park.

A police tactical team surrounded an Albuquerque home where other possible suspects were believed to have fled, but the house was later found to be empty.

Authorities were still searching for additional suspects late Saturday night, police spokeswoman Nadine Hamby said.

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