Bystander Uses Belt as a Tourniquet to Save Life of Church's Chicken Employee Injured in Shooting

A San Diego man used his belt as a tourniquet in an attempt to help a Church's Chicken worker who was injured after a gunman opened fire in the restaurant on Wednesday.

Police confirmed an investigation had been launched after a shooting at 3700 Picador Blvd in the Otay Mesa neighborhood at around 5:30 p.m. One employee was killed and two others injured by a customer who got into an argument with staff and fled the scene, officials said.

The armed suspect was described as a black male in his 30s of thin build and wearing a Chargers beanie.

Police released an image of his vehicle, a light blue sedan. The man allegedly retrieved a handgun after he failed to pay for food with counterfeit money, The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper reported.

David Walker, who heard the shots while sitting in a car close to a nearby 7-Eleven store where he works, said he rushed to help after seeing a person in distress.

He told KSWB: "I see a guy come out the back door and just collapse, fall to his knees and he was bleeding everywhere.

"I took my belt off and wrapped it around his arm to stop the bleeding the best that I could. Had him tell me, you have kids? Got a wife? Just talk to me."

"He said that he had three kids and a wife," Walker told the news website, adding: "There's a lot of evil people in this world. I'm from the neighborhood so I really don't expect any less."

Another witness who was outside the 7-Eleven told the Union-Tribune that he saw the suspect firing at the employees from behind the register of the Church's Chicken.

Speaking from the scene yesterday, San Diego Police Department Captain Tom Underwood said the suspect was a customer who became in "some kind of argument" with the workers. He confirmed other customers had been in the store at the time but none were injured.

"The suspect left the restaurant and returned a few minutes later with a handgun," Underwood said. "The suspect directed his fire at the three employees who were working.

"Each employee was shot, unfortunately one is deceased. The other two employees are stable. There were customers in the restaurant at the time. It does not appear the suspect's fire was directed at the customers at all." The suspect remains at large at the time of writing.

The victims have not yet been named by investigators. NBC San Diego reported the deceased victim was 30 years old, while the other two employees were aged 40 and 50.

Anyone with helpful information about the shooting is being urged to contact the San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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Posted by San Diego Police Department on Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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