Det. Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said the suspect was wearing a black ski mask when he entered the restaurant shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday. He walked directly to the kitchen area in the rear of the restaurant, firing at least one shot with a black semi-automatic handgun in the direction of employees before fleeing the scene on foot, police said.
The bullet did not find a target, and no one was injured in the incident, McQuaid said.
Police are describing the crime as an attempted armed robbery but said the suspect did not steal anything, nor did he demand money or other items from the staff. In fact, he didn’t say a word to employees, police said.
“We’re kind of theorizing [robbery is] what he was there for,” McQuaid said, adding police don’t believe the shooting was targeting a specific person.
“I don’t believe he was targeting a certain employee, but we’re not ruling it out,” he said.
No patrons were in the restaurant at the time of the incident, McQuaid said.
Although surveillance video shows the man exiting the Burger King and fleeing west on foot, there is no footage of him leaving the restaurant’s parking lot.
“Once you leave the parking lot, it gets pretty dark,” McQuaid said. “He disappeared into the night … He left the scene on foot, but we don’t know if he had a car parked in the area.”
A K9 was used in an attempt to track the suspect, but was not able to locate him.
The suspect is described as a black male between 5’5” and 5’8” with a medium build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black ski mask.
Police are asking anyone who has information to call McQuaid at 815-267-7209 or Det. Carianne Siegel at 815-439-7653
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