CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Residents of Chesterfield County were shocked after viewing video footage released Thursday by the county police department showing a July 31 drive-thru shooting. Cookout restaurant.
Police say at around 11.23pm on July 31, a blue Toyota sedan with four people inside pulled into the drive-thru of a Cook Out in the 8200 block of Midlothian Turnpike. After an employee handed them his order, the driver of the car took a sip of his drink, pulled out a gun with his right hand and fired through the car door into the front drive-thru window to leave.
CCTV footage released by Chesterfield Police on October 13, which can be viewed here, shows the moment the driver fired his gun from his car, hitting a female employee who worked in the drive-thru. The employee was subsequently taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Genard Williams, a local resident who saw the video, told 8News the incident was most likely traumatic for people working at the Cook Out restaurant, and it makes him worried for the safety of his own family.
“You don’t see anything in the video that makes it look like the person at the window did something to warn him,” Williams said, adding, “I’ve been a drive-thru worker and that’s the one of the last things you’d think.
According to the police, there were two young girls sitting in the back of the Toyota driven by the suspect.
“I do my best to go to work, come home and take care of my family. I’m not trying to step in the middle of things, but you never know when you’ll be that spectator who will be part of it,” Williams said.
Fellow resident Michael Timms also watched the video and was shocked by what he saw. “At this point running is going to be more of a problem for you,” he said of the incident.
The shooting is still under investigation and the suspect is still at large.
Police said the suspect was a Hispanic male in his 20s. He wore a beard at the time of the shooting and had long, curly black hair that he styled in a ponytail with a fade under it.
Anyone who may know the whereabouts of the suspect or have any information is asked to call Chesterfield Police on 804-748-1251 or submit a tip via the P3 Tips mobile app. Those who send tips using either method can remain anonymous.