A Kentucky Fried Chicken employee shot a restaurant robber and police say the thieves are still on the run. This happened at the K.F.C. near 42nd and Peoria last night. FOX23's Melissa Hawkes spoke with business owners and they say safety is on the top of everyone's mind.
Officers say two men ambushed the employee when he walked out the back door of the K.F.C. There are a lot of businesses and even one neighborhood just feet away from where it happened which is very concerning for the people who live and work around here.
Hair Expressions owner Janet Gutierrez says she couldn't help but feel violated after learning about the robbery across the street.
"I was nervous and scared and it brought up concerns with our own business here," said Gutierrez.
Officers say the robbers held K.F.C employees at gunpoint and even shot one in the stomach before they forced the manager to open the safe. The thieves made off with cash and all of the employees cellphones. Now Gutierrez is considering all kinds of things to keep her and her stylists safe.
"We can carry mace and guns but to do it legally and the right way is a concern before the holiday season hits," said Gutierrez.
Brookside Motorcycle Company owner Pat Rogers shares those same concerns.
"Someone could have been killed, so it's very unfortunate," said Rogers.
He doesn't want his employees being anywhere at night alone.
"We try to keep guys in a group and if anyone is going to be in the back we will have two guys go out there," said Rogers.
Neighbors plan to be extra cautious.
"Just being aware of your surroundings is important," said Rogers.
Haircuts Express and other businesses around there are now thinking about increasing security by adding things like cameras around the building.