Man shot during armed robbery at upscale restaurant
(WCBS) - Gunfire rang out Wednesday night at a restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
It was an armed robbery that ended with a man shot and injured.
Staff cleaned blood and glass off a sidewalk on Thursday morning in front of Philippe, an upscale establishment on East 60th Street and Madison Avenue, after a diner was robbed and another was shot around 10 p.m. the night before.
Police say two suspects approached two different outdoor tables saying, “This is a stickup.”
One suspect flashed his weapon and stole the Rolex of a 31-year-old victim who was having dinner with his wife.
The other suspect approached a 28-year-old man who tried to stop him by knocking the gun away.
There was a struggle before the gun went off and the 28-year-old was shot in the leg.
Investigators say the victim managed to grab the weapon and toss it into the restaurant out of the suspect’s reach.
He was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK.
Terrified patrons left their unfinished meals and fled.
Meanwhile, the suspects jumped into a dark-colored SUV driven by a third man and took off.
Investigators are using surveillance video and other evidence to try to solve the case.
Police say it’s unclear why the two restaurant patrons were targeted.
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