Neighbors reveal chilling details of shooting at popular Chinese restaurant

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - An employee had a gun held to her head as she was ordered to empty a cash register at a popular Chinese restaurant, neighbors report.

The information comes as St. Louis police released new surveillance images of the alleged suspects wanted in the armed robbery and shooting August 12 at Chinese Express. A second employee was shot in his left shoulder.

The restaurant is located in a busy strip mall in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood.

Tuesday afternoon, customers reacted to the sign on the front door indicating that the restaurant had temporarily closed for a few hours. Many of them know the 23 year-old employee who was shot.

“He’s just a good guy. And he didn’t deserve that at all. And whoever did it, I hope they get caught,” Dorothy Underwood said.

Neighboring businesses hope police step up security as the search continues for the two young men.

Zaffar Abbas works the Subway two doors down from Chinese Express. He said after one of the suspects shot the employee, the other one sprang into action.

“They jumped over the counter and put the gun on her head. She opened the register, they took the money,” he said. Abbas said the information was relayed to him from the property manager over the weekend.

“I’m scared. My family is here, too. Anything can happen to me, like it happened to him.”

A bullet hole can be seen in the back wall near the kitchen of Chinese Express. The restaurant re-opened early Tuesday evening. Staff declined to go on camera but indicated that the employee who was shot was released from the hospital and is recovering from his wounds.