Police: Fired worker returns to NC restaurant with gun, robs restaurant, shoots 3 employees

Crime & Safety

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — A fired worker at a northeast Charlotte seafood restaurant returned to the business with a gun, demanded money and shot three employees inside, Police said.

The violent incident occurred around 10:15 p.m. Monday, July 26, at the Fish House North located at 4554 N. Tryon Street. Officers found three employees inside with apparent gunshot wounds when they arrived. All three people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, police said.

The employees provided a description of the suspect, saying the former employee, identified as Robert Barringer, pulled out a handgun inside the restaurant and fired the weapon, striking one person and then proceeded to shoot two more people working inside.

During the incident, Barringer reportedly demanded money and property from the restaurant and then ran away from the building.

Warrants were issued for Barringer’s arrest and on July 28 and he was captured by police.

Following an interview, he was transferred to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury, three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of shooting into an occupied property, first-degree kidnapping, and firearm by a felon. This remains an ongoing and active investigation.

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