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Man charged after teenage White Castle employee shot

Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 5:12 PM CDT
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UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV) – A cashier was shot at a White Castle in University City Thursday afternoon.

Officers were called to the fast-food restaurant in the 7300 block of Olive Blvd. around 4:30 p.m. Thursday for a reported shooting. University City Police said a man walked into the restaurant with a gun and demanded money from the cash register. Then, before he was given any money, police said he opened fire and injured a 16-year-old employee.

“She’s doing good. I’ve had a chance to talk to her family. She’s at the hospital. She’s talking. She’s alert. She’s doing amazing,” says White Castle Operations Manager, Darrin Cotton.

Matthew Sabir, 37 and of Wentzville, was arrested and charged Friday in connection to the shooting. His bond has been set at $250,000. He is charged with armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police say Sabir fled on foot north across Olive Boulevard, but officers did not find him Thursday after tracking him with K-9s.

“Our hearts and prayers is with the victim,” says Cotton. “When one of them hurt, we all hurt.”