The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says an armed robber is in the hospital in critical condition after a foiled robbery attempt at a Westbank restaurant.
According to JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato, a suspect entered a sandwich shop on Barataria just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Fortunato says the suspect came in through a back door and was armed with a shotgun.
Police say the robber first pointed his shotgun at an employee cleaning the business and ordered the employee to the front of the business. The store owner heard the commotion and looked around the corner to find the suspect pointing the shotgun at him, according to investigators.
As the robber turned to move toward the owner, witnesses say the employee began struggling with the robber over the shotgun. As the struggle ensued, the store owner armed himself with a handgun and began firing at the suspect, according to police.
Fortunato says the suspect fled out the back door and was later found lying near the rear of the restaurant. The suspect was taken to a local hospital with several gunshot wounds, and remains in critical condition.
The employee who struggled with the robber was also shot in the arms. Fortunato tells WWL First News that the store owner in all likelihood hit the employee as he was firing at the robber. The employee was not seriously injured by the gunfire and was treated and released from a local hospital, according to Fortunato.