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Police ID Victim, Suspect In Fatal Shooting At South Charlotte Restaurant

Police respond to attempted robbery and shooting at Steak 'n' Shake on South Blvd. near I-485 in south Charlotte.
Police respond to attempted robbery and shooting at Steak 'n' Shake on South Blvd. near I-485 in south Charlotte.

 Updated at 8:20 a.m

Police have identified the man they say shot and killed an employee and wounded a second person Tuesday morning during an attempted robbery at a south Charlotte Steak 'n Shake.

Police say an employee at the Steak 'n Shake restaurant on South Boulevard near Interstate 485 was shot and killed late Tuesday morning. Two other people, including the suspect, were shot and injured.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say 30-year-old Eddie Doh will be served with warrants for murder and related charges when he's released from a hospital, where he's recovering after being shot by officers who responded to the scene. Doh is accused of fatally shooting 48-year-old Darnell Harris and wounding a second man at the restaurant.

Both Doh and the second victim were taken to a hospital with what MEDIC described as life-threatening injuries. Police say Doh will be charged with murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

Pineville Police Department officers were first on the scene at the Steak 'n Shake on South Boulevard near Interstate 485 and got into an altercation with the suspect, shooting and injuring him, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a Tuesday news conference.

"The officers encountered the suspect and engaged him," Putney said. "There were shots fired. They ... I believe heard shots fired as they got here, because there was one person who had been shot as they got on to the scene."

According to MEDIC, Harris died on scene.

Chief Kerr Putney
Credit Sarah Delia / WFAE
Chief Kerr Putney speaks to the media.

"It appears the suspect shot the victim in the store," Putney said Tuesday. "Right now, we're trying to piece it together."

No police officers were hurt, according to Putney.

Pineville police will conduct an internal investigation into the shooting, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating the scene. Putney said multiple calls about a robbery came in.

Police are not looking for any additional suspects Putney said.

Doh has several past convictions, including assault, attempted robbery and accessory after the fact of first degree murder in the death of a teenager in Charlotte in 2011. He served just over seven years before being released in January.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia was at the scene Tuesday and joined "All Things Considered" host Mark Rumsey to talk about what we know. 

MARK RUMSEY: So Sarah, what were you able to learn today?

SARAH DELIA: CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said calls for service came in around 11:30 a.m. this morning, so right around lunch time. Now because of where this Steak ‘n Shake is located, right on the border of Pineville and Charlotte—both agencies, that’s CMPD and the Pineville Police Department were getting those calls.

Pineville Police responded first where they encountered the armed suspect. Here’s Chief Putney:

"They, I believe, heard shots fired as they got here because there was one person who had been shot as they got onto the scene. The suspect did engage in gunfire with those Pineville Police officers once they did arrive."

DELIA: Putney said a weapon was recovered at the scene that they believe belonged to the suspect.

There are a total of three people who were injured: the suspect, another victim who was inside, and the third victim, an employee who died from his injuries.

And I think it’s important to note that the criminal investigation is being handled by CMPD, the internal investigation around the officer involved shooting will be handled by the Pineville Police Department.

MARK RUMSEY: Are there any more details about the sequence of events and what might have led to the shooting?

DELIA: Putney was quick to say they are still in the early stages of this investigation. Putney says the incident started in the restaurant and may have continued into the parking lot. He also said at this point they believe only Pineville Police fired weapons, and that CMPD officers did not fire their weapons.

While there are still a lot of unknowns about what happened inside, I did speak to Khadajia Boone who was pulling into the Steak ‘n Shake as the shooting was underway, she said she was going to go in and grab some lunch but turned around when an employee ran out.  

"I pulled up and one of the employees ran out and said the place was being robbed so I left and went to the gas station. By the time I got to the gas station everything had taken place and the robber was running outside and that’s when the cops shot him. Had I been a couple of minutes earlier I probably would have been in there when all this stuff happened. So I’m glad I pulled up when I did," Boone said. 

DELIA: Boone added that she thought police fired multiple times.

Right now Putney said the suspect who he confirmed to be male, was struck by at least one officer and at least one time. He did not have any information on the other surviving victim who was taken to the hospital.

Chief Putney said it appears the suspect shot the employee who died inside the restaurant.

RUMSEY: Do we know anything about this victim?

DELIA: We are still waiting for more details. We know he is a man and an employee of the restaurant. One woman, Gwen Golden, an employee at the Steak 'n' Shake talked to reporters today. She said she wasn’t sure exactly what want on inside but she heard the employee who died had been trying to protect others during the shooting.

"He was a really good guy. We lost someone that was great to our community. It’s more than just somebody you work with. I’ve been working with this person for more than 8 years. It’s family. It’s hurtful. It hit too close to home. My kids have grown up knowing Steak 'n' Shake and everybody in it.  Even my kids are hurt, I have to go."

DELIA: So still a lot of unknowns as the investigation into this incident goes on, but obviously a really hard and difficult day for a lot of people.

This is a developing story.