Witness Knew McDonald’s Shooting Victim

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AKRON, Ohio -- A fast food worker was gunned down while doing his job. Police are seeking any information on who did it and why.

The fatal shooting took place at the McDonald’s restaurant on West Market Street in downtown Akron late Saturday night.

Sherry Williams was at the bus stop in front of the McDonald's around 11 p.m. Saturday night.  She was shocked by what she heard and saw.

"We heard the three shots -- boom, boom, boom,”  William explained.

She said she knew the shots weren’t from a BB gun.

"I was petrified.  First thing that went through my mind, somebody got killed,” she said.

Police say a 28-year-old man was taking out the trash when he was confronted at the back door of the McDonald's.  The worker was shot and killed.

Williams said she saw two men run behind the restaurant.

Police say the shooter was last seen leaving the McDonald's in a dark-colored SUV with tinted windows, possibly a Ford Expedition or a Cadillac Escalade.  It turned toward the residential area on Crosby Street.

Williams said she once worked at the McDonald's and knew the victim.

“He's on dialysis, kidney failure.  He was a very nice person.  He only worked about 14 hours a week," she told Fox 8 News.

John Blickle, the owner/operator of the Rubber City McDonald’s, released this statement -- “Our entire Rubber City McDonald’s family is shocked by the tragedy at our West Market Street restaurant. We offer our prayers and sympathies to the family of the victim. The safety and well-being of our employees and customers is our top priority. We are cooperating with the police investigating this incident and defer any questions to them.”

Williams hopes the police catch the person responsible for killing the worker who she called an ‘innocent man.’

"It's really sad, because the man didn't deserve that. He was just doing his job,” she said.

Anyone with information on the fatal shooting is asked to call the Akron Police Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.  Callers can remain anonymous.

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