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Employee shot inside Whole Foods Market in Northeast

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An employee was shot inside a Whole Foods Market after an attempted robbery Sunday morning that alarmed shoppers and diners with small children, who streamed out of the store in a busy commercial strip of H Street NE.

DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said the victim, a cashier, was struck twice but survived after a struggle with the gunman who tried to reach into the cashier’s drawer. The cashier “heroically” resisted, Newsham said, and is in stable condition at a hospital.

Newsham told reporters outside the store that no one else was harmed by the suspect, who carried a handgun, and has not been apprehended. 19659007] “We all feel very bad,” said bakery supervisor Said Kada, who was working in the store’s kitchen when he heard a single shot. “It’s like someone from your family got shot.”

Employees and customers described a chaotic, harrowing scene inside the store, which is on the 600 block of H Street NE. The Whole Foods is a relatively new addition to the booming corridor and part of a development that includes luxury condominiums.

James Jackson, 38, who lives in the neighborhood, was eating breakfast inside the store with his family.

” We heard a commotion, yelling, it sounded like something got knocked over and then there was a pop of gunfire, “he said.” I grabbed my wife and 15-month son and ran down the street and called police. “

Sommige werknemers ontsnapten via een back-ingang. Customers were hustled into food-preparation areas to take cover.

In the meat department, an employee described customers “running through my cutting room into my cooler, and everybody was screaming,” Shots fired, “said the employee who

Ramsey Taylor, an area resident, was just leaving the store when he saw several families with small children running out the door.

After the shooting, employees and customers gathered outside the store’s roped-off entrance. Customers who fled were briefly allowed back inside to gather their belongings.

Police warned residents to look out for a black male between the ages 25 and 30, with dreads wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, in a red Honda Accord with DC license plate FT9420.

Peter Hermann and Natalie Jennings contributed to this report.

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