Police: Sonic manager exchanges gunfire with armed suspects

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An employee was shot during an armed robbery Sunday night at Sonic on Stage Road , the Memphis Police Department said.

An employee told police that she was keeping an eye on the door when she noticed someone peek inside. A moment later, two armed men entered the business and demanded money. The witness pointed to the cash register and both suspect started collecting money.

That’s when the manager reportedly came from the back of the business firing. The suspects reportedly returned fire, striking the manager in the leg.

Two other employees said they were standing outside the business when the suspects initially ran up and pointed the weapons at them. They said the suspects told them to hand over their aprons. After complying the suspects pointed the gun in their direction and then pulled the trigger, sending bullets flying next to them.

The suspects fled across the street and jumped into a grey Cadillac DeVille with large rims that were in the shape of a star.

WREG spoke to a woman who says she pulled into the Sonic just as the incident happened. She drove away as soon as she heard gunshots.

“My sister was like, ‘Don’t go.’ But something in my mind told me they were fixing to come check the cars next. They might rob the cars next, so I had to get on out,” she said.

Sonic released a statement saying the company was thankful no guests were injured, and that the franchisee who owns that location is cooperating with police in their investigation.

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