Video captures robber shooting donut shop worker

Posted at 9:41 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 21:41:41-05

BUENA PARK, CA (KCAL/CNN) - A baker was shot during an armed robbery on Wednesday in Southern California. The store, Modoo Donuts, reopened later in the day, and customers came out to voice their support.

Cameras captured the robber shooting a store employee, who then collapsed to the ground. "To hear this news is horrifying. It's, it's really, really sad,” said Adrienne Werderman.

It all started around 1 a.m. when a man hopped over the counter at Modoo Donuts. An employee tried desperately to fight off the suspect.  That's when things took an even more dangerous turn and the gunfire started. 

A second man wearing a gray hoodie waited up front while his partner demanded a clerk open up the register. He grabbed the cash and then both men took off. 

Customers who saw the video are outraged. They described the employees as a tight knit, friendly family. "I was shocked, you know, it’s a small, quiet, little business. It's open this time in the morning when I'm on my way to work and it's terrible. Very nice people work here, very, very nice,” said Sybil Earl.

"I was kind of anxious to come by here this morning, make sure everybody was OK. Hope their one employee that was hurt is going to be OK,” said Lori Lollis.

Police say both men were wearing bandanas and that they have a very vague description of the suspects. "This neighborhood is usually pretty quiet. This is highly unusual for this particular neighborhood,” said Sgt. Mike Lovchik.

The injured employee was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. He had only been working there for three weeks. 

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