Skip to comments.Police: Man In Suit Kills 1, Shoots 4 Others In WPB Wendy's
Posted on 03/03/2008 12:51:37 PM PST by radar101
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Witnesses said a man in a business suit opened fire Monday in a Wendy's restaurant in West Palm Beach, killing one person and injuring at least four others before killing himself, WPBF News 25 reported.
The shooter, who is described by witnesses as a tall man wearing a baseball cap and a business suit, reportedly walked out of the bathroom of the Wendy's at Cherry Road and Military Trail around 12:18 p.m. Monday and shot a middle-aged white man standing by the railing near the front counter, killing him, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokesman Paul Miller said.
"He [the shooter] just came out of the bathroom, went behind the railing, and he had one victim unfortunately facing him, and he fired almost point-blank at that individual who is deceased in the restaurant," Miller said.
Miller told WPBF that the shooter then proceeded to "move from left to right," firing what is believed to be a 9-mm pistol at several other patrons inside the restaurant and hitting at least four others.
Miller said that the four injured victims were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Miller told WPBF that three of the survivors were in critical condition and two others had minor injuries, including one person who was not shot but was injured running away.
Witnesses told WPBF that all of the victims in the incident were customers. A statement from the Wendy's corporate office confirmed that no employees were hurt in the shooting.
Miller said that investigators are searching for other witnesses who were inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting who ran away. Miller told WPBF that several people fled the scene, some leaving their cars still running in the parking lot and drive-through.
Several lanes of Military Trail at Belvedere Road were closed while police investigated the scene.
A statement from the Wendy's corporate office detailed the company's condolences.
"This is a terrible and sad day for our restaurant and this community because this is a senseless tragedy. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families," the statement read.
A Wendy's spokesperson said that the restaurant is cooperating with the investigation and that the store's security cameras have been turned over to investigators.
Here’s what’s needed:
The earlier thread said an off duty female police officer was in the Wendy’s at the time.
And baseball caps! Don't forget that!
No, it was Mr. Smith from the Matrix.
What’s the significance of “white man.”? The others?
That is cool...
“Witnesses said a man in a business suit opened fire...”
That’s it! No more suits!
Business casual is mandatory!
I am sitting here and wondering what would have happened had I been in that Wendy’s today with my trusty
licensed to carry 357/38 concealed carry under my suit coat — Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm just wondering.
If business suits are outlawed, only outlaws will have business suits.
It probably wouldn't have prevented the folks from getting shot, and you may not have had a clear shot in any case.
Just curious, why do you carry?
My permit was issued for “personal protection”.
Funny, this news story describes the shooter as "tall," a "man," and wearing "a baseball cap" and a "suit." But there seems to be some part of a normal description missing. Hmmm. . . .
Well, at least they identify the victim as "a middle-aged white man." Wonder why they have nothing on age or race on the shooter?
Wait! I just came across more information on the shooter from one of the witnesses: "the shooter, who he said was a tall black man wearing a business suit. . . ." Now why couldn't they include that in this news story?
Excellent point — but something we will never know.
Of course, he would have had the first draw.
Because of this, the main stream media likes to report on whites shooting blacks, but does not seem to think it is important to identify the race, when a black shoots a white or a number of whites.
I carry because I can!
OTOH, I remember the shooting at the Luby's cafeteria several years ago. There was a lady who normally carried, but for some reason didn't that day -- reached into her purse and remembered that her pistol was at home. She had a clear field of fire, plenty of time, and probably could have reduced the death toll from the 20 or so.
“I am sitting here and wondering what would have happened had I been in that Wendys today with my trusty licensed to carry 357/38 concealed carry under my suit coat “
If you had been victim #1— not much.
Her name is Suzanne Gratia Hupp.
Vegetarian rage? Heck, there are Eco-Terrorist out in force in Seattle. Maybe the PITA SWAT team hits Wendy’s. This does not pass the smell test.
I'd say a 9-mm pistol is "power."
I can answer only for myself: I carry a gun because I’m too young to die - and too old to take an ass kickin’.
Lots of people carry. I do. Because there's lots of bad people out there.
Because it’s our God given Right to!
A movie that could have been really good.
I appears that about half way into it, they realized what they were doing (possibly making a cult classic for middle America) and they switched to politically correct mode, redirecting the film enough to destroy it.
Because a Cop is too heavy and keep whining for dounts every half hour.
I’m wondering. Will the blacks still be able to say that they have no power after B.O. is president?
Business suit? How do they know it was a business suit?
This is really sad, but I’ve complained here locally at Wendy’s many times.........beans don’t belong in chili!.......
” . . . the right of the people to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed”
Prozac user or abuser? Swift justice here for the perp; but none, whatsoever for the innocent who were targeted.
I find that interesting too. Police officers always conceal carry when on and off duty where they are allowed and have a backup (concealed) sidearm when in uniform.
This the guy?
Did this Wendy’s have a “No Firearms” sign in the window/at the entrace? Was this a gun-free zone?
Leisure suits! That's the ticket.
When was the last time it's been reported that a person in a leisure suit infamously made the news?
I'll stick to "none of your d@#n business". ; )
Because when seconds count, police are only minutes away.
You live in Montana and you don't carry?
"There was a lady who normally carried, but for some reason didn't that day -- reached into her purse and remembered that her pistol was at home."
Actually she had left it in her car, that was parked outside. Both her parents, whith whom she was eating, were killed.
" During the shooting, he approached Suzanna Gratia Hupp and her parents. Hupp had actually brought a handgun to the Luby's Cafeteria that day, but had left it in her vehicle due to the laws in force at the time, forbidding citizens from carrying firearms. According to her later testimony in favor of Missouri's HB-1720 bill and in general , after she realized that her firearm was not in her purse, but "a hundred feet away in [her] car", her father charged at Hennard in an attempt to subdue him, only to be gunned down; a short time later, her mother was also shot and killed. (Hupp later expressed regret for abiding by the law in question by leaving her firearm in her car, rather than keeping it on her person.)"