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Incidents of Employees Shot at Work Continue

23 Jun, 2023 Liz Carey

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Dallas, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – A 7-Eleven employee shot and killed during a robbery attempt was just the latest employee killed by gun fire at work over the past week.

On June 18, officials in Dallas said 54-year-old Nathaniel Ogbolu was shot and killed at the 7-Eleven he was working at in the suburb of North Oak Cliff. Officials said Ogbolu was working at the store around 6 a.m. when an unknown person entered the store and demanded money from the register at gunpoint. Before he was able to open the register, Ogbolu was shot several times by the suspect.

According to officials, the suspect also shot a bystander in the store. Ogbolu was taken to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries.

Video from the scene shows the suspect shooting Ogbolu, as well as a person in the store, before talking behind the counter and checking the register for cash. As of Thursday, the suspect was still at large, officials said.

On June 18, an employee at an Atlanta McDonald’s was shot by a customer after the two argued.

Atlanta Police said they were called to the fast-food restaurant around 4 a.m. When they arrived, officers found a man with a gunshot wound to his thigh. Police said the injured man, an employee of the restaurant, and a customer had gotten into a fight inside of the restaurant.

When the employee left the restaurant, the customer was waiting outside and shot the employee, police said. The customer ran away after the shooting, police said.

The employee was later taken to the hospital, and is expected to be okay.

In Glendale, Wisc., a Metro Market employee was arrested after a woman entered the store and shot him.

Police said the man was shot in the leg and treated at Froedtert Hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. A 35-year-old woman was arrested after the shooting that police are calling domestic in nature.

The company said they were sorry to the community that they had to close for the evening.

"We appreciate the community’s support as we reopened this morning following last night’s early closure,” James J. Hyland, VP of Communications & Public Affairs for the company said in a statement. “We want to thank the first responders for their quick response to the incident. To protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are cooperating with and will be referring all questions to the Glendale Police Department."

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly shot his co-worker after an argument.

Baton Rouge Police Department officials said officers arrested Donald Brooks, 20, on June 21 for attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of weapons charges.

The charges come after police were called to the Sam’s Club on North Mall Drive around 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Police said Brooks was hiding in the parking lot of the store waiting for his co-worker to come out. When the victim approached, Brooks jumped out from his hiding spot with his gun to confront him. Police said the victims then “ran for his life” to a nearby restaurant, and the suspect ran back to his vehicle with the gun, left it there and then returned to the Sam’s Club, arrest records said.

The other employee is recuperating at the hospital, officials said.

Police said the suspect was arrested the next morning when he returned to work.

Officials said there is no indication what led to the shooting. However, the investigation continues.

And in Emporia, Va., the owner of a Chinese restaurant is dead and one of their employees is recuperating after a former employee shot them while trying to rob the business.

On June 14, Emporia Police responded to the China Garden Restaurant in Emporia around 8:30 p.m. for a report of two people suffering from gunshot wounds.

When officers entered the building, they found Wie Yang (Jamie) and Te Yang suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers said Te Yang died at the scene and Jamie was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Police said they believed 43-year-old Shawn Rice, a former restaurant employee, had come into the restaurant with a gun with the intent to rob the business. During the robbery attempt, Rice shot both victims, and then fled on foot.

Police said Rice was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of use of a firearm while committing or attempting to commit murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, attempted robbery, robbery and malicious wounding.

And in Arizona, a fight between two employees ended in death.

Police in Glendale, Ariz., said a feud between two Little Caesars employees ended in a shoot-out where one employee died.

Just before 11 a.m., police were called to the restaurant after a customer said an employee had been shot. Upon arrival, police found the victim in the restaurant with multiple gunshot wounds. He was declared dead at the scene.

The suspect was identified at the scene and arrested, and police found the gun they believe was used in the shooting. Other employees at the scene during the shooting were uninjured, as were customers at the restaurant at the time.

During the investigation, police determined the two persons involved were both employees and had had conflicts in the past that had escalated to gun fire.


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      Liz Carey has worked as a writer, reporter and editor for nearly 25 years. First, as an investigative reporter for Gannett and later as the Vice President of a local Chamber of Commerce, Carey has covered everything from local government to the statehouse to the aerospace industry. Her work as a reporter, as well as her work in the community, have led her to become an advocate for the working poor, as well as the small business owner.

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