Victim, suspect shot during attempted robbery

An attempted robbery left two people injured after the robbery suspect opened fire on an employee, who then returned fire. The incident happened at Ruben's Mexican Grill around 10:00 p.m. June 10, 2017. Courtesy KSN News

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Two men are in the hospital after an attempted robbery lead to a shootout between a restaurant worker and the suspected robber.

Police say it happened just after 10 p.m. Friday night at Ruben’s Mexican Grill in the 900 block of West Douglas Avenue.

Witnesses say a 26-year-old man entered the restaurant armed with a gun and demanding money.

A 58-year-old employee, who also had a gun, exchanged gunfire with the robber. Both men were shot.

A short time later, officers were called out to another shooting in the 1000 block of East 8th Street North.

There, police say they found a 26-year-old man with a gunshot wound who matched the description of the robbery suspect.

Both victim and suspect were taken to the hospital. At last check, WPD says the victim remains in critical condition while the suspect is in serious condition.

Police say the suspect will be interviewed and booked when he is released from the hospital.

News of the shooting has shaken some folks who live in the Delano neighborhood.

“I was shocked,” said Randy Hare, a customer of Ruben’s. “I wanted to come up here and say a prayer on that. I called up here to see if I can get any information.”

Randy Hare has known Ruben and his family for over 20 years.

The names of the victim and the suspect have yet to be released.

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