Restaurant owner: Valet driver shot in the back

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Norfolk restaurant owner says an employee was shot in the back Saturday night.

Officer Daniel Hudson with the Norfolk Police Department said the call came in around 9:30 p.m. Officers found a man who had been shot in the Norfolk Chop House parking lot. The restaurant is located on Colonial Avenue, in between W. 23rd and W. 24th streets.

Hudson said the victim was conscious and alert when police arrived, and told investigators he was shot during an attempted robbery. The victim was not able to provide a description of the suspect, other than that he was a black male.

Sunday, the owner of Norfolk Chop House, Greg Anderson, told WAVY News’ Liz Palka a valet driver was parking cars, but went into the restaurant to use the restroom. When the valet driver went back outside, he saw someone inside one of the vehicles in the restaurant’s parking lot.

“He was just going from car to car, which were all locked. We had one guest that came in late that did not valet the car, and parked it themselves right in front of the building, and that was unlocked. So when the valet returned from the restroom, he saw the guy sitting in the car,” said Anderson.

The valet approached the suspect and told him to get out of the car. That’s when the suspect pulled out a gun. The valet started to run away, but was shot in the back. He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he is being treated. Anderson said his employee should be released from the hospital within the week.

Anderson said the restaurant has good surveillance video, which was turned over to police. He also stressed he would like to see Norfolk police officers patrol more in the Park Place neighborhood.

“We’re concerned at this point that we don’t have enough police presence,” he said.

Norfolk Police released images taken from the restaurant’s surveillance video in hopes someone will recognize the suspect and help them identify him.

The restaurant owner said there have been incidents in the area in the past, like windows getting knocked out, and more police patrols could help.

Officer Hudson told that Anderson’s concerns have been passed on to the commanding officer of the patrol division. Hudson said officers are already patrolling more in that area to make people feel safer after the shooting.

Police say the investigation is ongoing. If you have information about this case, call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-UP.

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