“Two men walked into an east side restaurant with guns drawn late Tuesday night,” theindychannel.com reports. “The men were wearing hoodies and had their faces obscured. The video shows the men enter the store with their guns already out. They quickly jump the counter and head out of view. Off-camera, police say there was a robbery, and then the fatal shooting of two restaurant employees.”
Jordan’s is a typical local small-chain fast food restaurant, serving fried food for under $10. The amount of cash in store? A couple thousand bucks? Regardless, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Captain Richard Riddle rightly reckons the homicides were a senseless loss of life.
“These individuals were hell bent on robbery. There’s no question. They came in with guns up and guns pointed. There was no need to kill these individuals. We understand that they probably went in to do a robbery and innocent men lost their lives.”
We don’t know how or why the victims were shot. But we can surmise that the two fast food employees were unarmed. Which is not how it should be.
People who work in cash businesses should understand that they’re a target for armed robbers, and that armed robbers are inherently unstable, fully capable of cold-blooded murder.
FYI a friend of mine runs a late night pizza joint in RI. When I asked him if his employees are armed he shrugged his shoulders. He pulled out a shotgun from behind the counter that he keeps “just in case.” ‘Nuff said?