The Latest: Police: Worker shot man who opened fire in IHOP

January 17, 2019

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at an Alabama IHOP (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Police say a fatal shooting at an Alabama IHOP began when a customer started shooting at employees and a wounded restaurant worker shot and killed the customer in self-defense.

The Huntsville Police Department on Thursday identified the two people killed in the Wednesday night shooting as IHOP employee Roy Brown and customer Roderick Turner. Brown was 56. Turner was 25.

In a statement, police said Turner was picking up a carryout order and became “disruptive and loud regarding the service at the business.”

After a confrontation, police said Turner pulled a handgun and started firing at employees, striking Brown and another worker. Police said the wounded employee “then pulled a handgun and shot the customer-shooter in self-defense of others.”

Police did not release the name of the employee.

Police said they do not anticipate any arrests, but a grand jury will review the shooting.


6:55 a.m.

An employee and a customer at an IHOP restaurant in northern Alabama were killed in a shooting that also injured another employee.

Huntsville Police Lt. Michael Johnson told news outlets the shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday after a male customer argued with a male employee about a food order.

The customer went outside and returned with a pistol and started shooting. Johnson says one employee died and the other employee was taken to a hospital with injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Johnson says the customer was also fatally shot. Police didn’t immediately know who killed him.

Names of those involved weren’t immediately released.

Police say they aren’t looking for other suspects.

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