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Sketch released of man who shot Popeyes employee

Customer shot employee in leg over price of food, police say

Jacksonville police want to find the man in this sketch who shot an employee in the Popeyes restaurant in the Paxon area in April.
Jacksonville police want to find the man in this sketch who shot an employee in the Popeyes restaurant in the Paxon area in April.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police released a sketch Monday of the man who punched and shot a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen employee on April 28, hoping someone will recognized the shooter.

Witnesses said the man entered the restaurant on North Edgewood Avenue just before 9 p.m., but was told the counter was closing and was directed to the drive-through window. When the man got upset over the cost of the meal, police said he came back into the restaurant, punched the employee, the pulled out a gun and shot him in the leg while two other employees watched.

Police said the gunman drove off in a dark, older-model Ford pickup truck, possibly a Ford F-150, with a toolbox mounted to the truck bed. They said it has chrome front and rear bumper sand might have a dent on the hood.

The shooter is described as a black man with neatly braided hair. He was wearing a black long-sleeved button-up shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. Police said the video appears to show a passenger in the truck.

The worker, whom News4Jax is not naming because the shooter is still at large, was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with non-life-threatening injuries. He is recovering.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the sketch or knows anything about the location or identity of the gunman or the location of the truck is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.