Vancouver restaurant worker shot in the face 0
Vancouver police are investigating the attempted robbery of Tropika restaurant on Cambie Street Monday night. (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)
A restaurant worker was shot in the face during a botched robbery attempt at a Vancouver restaurant late Monday night.
An employee was taking out the trash after closing time at around 10:45 p.m. behind Tropika Malaysian Restaurant at 2975 Cambie St. when he was approached by two men wearing masks, according to Vancouver police.
The two men demanded cash and there was a struggle between the victim and one of the robbers, who was armed with an Airsoft pellet gun, police said. The robber shot the victim in the face, police said, but the injured employee managed to break free and run into the restaurant, followed by the two masked suspects. Once inside, one of the suspects continued his attack on the victim, while another staff member fled out the front of the restaurant and called police.
The two men escaped out the back of the restaurant without getting any money, and got into a waiting vehicle, police said.
Vancouver Police Department spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham said police believe the restaurant was targeted and not the victim.
The victim, a 22-year-old man, was taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.