Church’s Chicken employee hurt in third DeKalb fast-food shooting in 3 days

Police are investigating a third shooting at a DeKalb County fast-food restaurant in as many days.

A Church’s Chicken employee was robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday while leaving the 6102 Covington Highway location near Lithonia about 12:10 a.m. The gunman shot the employee and took the restaurant’s daily bank deposit after a struggle, DeKalb police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer told

“The suspect then fled the location with the deposit,” he said. The gunman is still at large.

The employee was in stable condition when officers arrived and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, he said.

It was not disclosed how much money was stolen from the restaurant.

On Monday, DeKalb police were called to shootings at two other fast-food restaurants. A cook at a Columbia Drive Waffle House near Decatur was shot early Monday morning when he tried to stop an alleged armed robbery.

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Police have released surveillance video in that case that shows a man enter the restaurant and stand up on a booth before pulling out what appears to be a handgun.

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The cook, who asked not to be identified, told Channel 2 Action News he was shot when the gunman allegedly pointed a gun in a cashier’s face. He tried to snatch the weapon away and took a bullet to the stomach during a struggle.

The robber got away with cash from the restaurant, police said.

That night, 35-year-old Alisha Stephens was killed and two others were seriously injured in an apparent shootout in the parking lot of a Popeyes on Panola Road near Lithonia. Police recovered at least three firearms from the ground outside the restaurant, Channel 2 Action News reported.

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The suspect and the other victims in the Popeyes shooting have not been identified.

Investigators do not believe any of the recent incidents are related.