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McDonald's worker shot in leg during robbery in Lebanon

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 09. 2017 10:54AM

Lebanon police worked Monday to retrieve surveillance camera footage from the McDonald's restaurant on Plainfield Road, hoping to find more information on an early morning robbery that ended with a 19-year-old McDonald's worker getting wounded by a gunshot, police said.

The shooting took place about 12:30 a.m., after a robber confronted the worker as he was emptying trash outside the restaurant, police said. At gunpoint, he made his way inside and demanded money. Once he got the money, the robber forced the worker toward the rear door, shot him in the leg and fled in an unknown direction, police said.

The McDonald's is located on a commercial strip and close to Exit 20 of Interstate 89.

"We have armed robberies from time to time, but the last time someone was shot? That's not in recent memory," said Police Chief Richard Mello.

Mello said the worker was discharged from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Monday morning, after minor surgery to remove the bullet.

The franchisee, the Amherst-based Napoli Group LLC, issued a statement expressing its concern about the robbery and shooting.

"We put the highest priority on ensuring the safety of our customers and employees and will continue to work closely with the police who are currently investigating this situation," said Jeremy Hinton, Napoli Group president and director of operations.

According to its Google profile, the restaurant is open 24 hours a day. But Mello said he believes only the drive-through window was open at the time of the robbery. He said other employees were working at the time but would not say if the robber confronted them or what they witnessed.

Mello said police are working to recover surveillance camera footage and canvassing other businesses that were open at the time.

"I don't think I can say that an arrest is imminent. We are working on it," he said.

As of Monday, the only description of the robber was a man wearing a red shirt or red hooded sweatshirt. He kept his face and head covered.

Police urged anyone with information to call 448-1212.

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