CHESAPEAKE, Va. — An attempted armed robbery at a Pizza Hut sent a man to the hospital with a gunshot wound Wednesday morning.
Officers were called to the location in the 200 block of Providence Road for an alarm around 12:55 a.m.
When police arrived on scene they located a 38-year-old man who had been shot. Police say a 34-year-old woman was with him and explained a male suspect approached them as they were leaving work and demanded money from the safe.
Annie Marth says the victim is her brother and the woman he was closing the store with is his fiancée.
“The bullet missed major arteries, organs, blood vessels," she said outside Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on Wednesday morning. “My brother is very lucky.”
According to police, Marth's brother was shot after telling the suspect he was incapable of opening the safe because it was already locked. The female witness says the suspect struck the male victim in the head with the gun and shot him before fleeing the scene.
Police say a K-9 unit search for the suspect ended unsuccessfully.
The shooting victim was initially taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Family says although he is expected to recover, the extent of the damage to his body is unclear.
Police say this Pizza Hut location was also robbed on December 23. Marth says there are no lights on one side of the building and she's concerned another incident could happen in the future.
“It may not be him next time. It may be one of the other employees that work there," she said. "They need to fix the lighting in that area along the side of the building. It’s very dark.”
Police are still investigating the incident, and as of Wednesday afternoon they tell News 3 the suspect is still at large.