Driver shot, critically injured at downtown Taco Bell drive-thru


by Caroline Hilton /

Posted on June 29, 2013 at 3:46 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 30 at 8:26 AM

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( -- A shooting that started at a fast food restaurant in downtown St. Louis left one person critically injured early Saturday morning.

The shooting happened at a Taco Bell located at Broadway and Choteau around 3:30 a.m.

Police said a male victim and his friend were in the drive-through when a man armed with a handgun approached their pick-up truck on foot and tried to rob them.

The suspect reportedly opened fire when the driver hopped the curb with his truck and headed north on Fourth Street.

Two women in another vehicle in front of the pick-up also tried to hop the curb but were unable to escape.

The injured driver of the pick-up ended up a few blocks north in front of the Drury Plaza Hotel, where he called 911.

According to authorities, the driver was shot three times in the upper body and was transported to a local hospital. The driver is listed in critical but stable condition. The passenger was not hurt.

Authorities are still searching for the armed suspect. The suspect is described as a black male wearing all black clothing.

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