Crime is a problem in Cleveland, Ohio. Its crime rate is almost 5 ½ times higher than that of the state as a whole, earning it a designation of being safer than only 1% of other U.S. cities, according to a Neighborhood Scout report. And that may have contributed to the preparedness of three Taco Bell employees Wednesday when their lives were suddenly put on the line.
Love it or hate it, a Taco Bell restaurant doesn’t seem like a prime target for thieves, and it’s cheap enough for just about anyone to afford to satisfy their cravings for late night squeezy cheese and 88% beef. Yet one location in Cleveland became a target for two armed robbers, according to police.
Cleveland.com reports that two masked suspects burst into the West 117th Street fast food eatery, pointing their guns at three employees and making them get on the ground. But as the suspects walked up to the cash register, they weren’t prepared for what happened next.
All three employees whipped out firearms of their own and shot at the suspects, hitting one of them six times. While the other suspect fled the scene, the injured one fell to the ground and was later pronounced dead after an ambulance took him to the hospital. He’s been identified as 24-year-old De’Carlo Jackson, who has a criminal history of attempted drug trafficking.
The Taco Bell location’s owner, Arthur Giles, told Cleveland.com that, "Everyone at the store is okay, from my understanding. All the employees and all the customers are safe."
But Taco Bell corporate sent out a statement saying, "The employees are very shaken up from today's events, and our franchisee is offering them counseling."
Oddly enough, the employees — ages 19 to 23 — told the Cleveland Police that the shooting was accidental. An investigation is ongoing. The other suspect is still on the loose and has not been identified.
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