A young mother is recovering after being shot Sunday night while trying to make a living for her two newborn twins.
The 19-year-old is the manager of the Burger King in the Westville section of New Haven. Police said the entire incident began as a robbery, but the suspects ended up shooting the girl.
Two men, wearing all black and with their faces covered, ran into the Burger King around 9:30 p.m., pulled out guns and began to rob the restaurant, police said.
It's unknown why, but one of the two robbers fired a shot, hitting the teen in the legs. One of her co-workers said she recently gave birth to twins.
She was alert when she was rushed to an area hospital, but her injuries are serious.
"She's a really good person," said Ryan Eighar, who is a friend of the victim. "She's great to everybody."
Police said the two men fled the scene and around 20 minutes later, there was another incident involving two men, but was reported as a carjacking.
Police said they're now looking for a blue Chevy Malibu with Maryland plate: 1AP9207.
Investigators pulled all of the video from Burger King's surveillance cameras as well video from neighboring businesses to see if anything was caught on camera.
"When they left the building, we're hoping other surveillance video is going to point us in the right direction, maybe a getaway car," said New Haven police Officer David Hartman
Eyewitness News spent some time talking to some of the other businesses in the area, who said these type of robberies happen often.
"It's not like it's a dark place. It's very lit up," said business owner Ismail Campos."You just never know."
In fact, people in this neighborhood called for a meeting with police about the incident and other recent robberies on Thursday night. The meeting will be held inside the cafeteria of Mauro-Sheridan School, located at 191 Fountain St., at 6 p.m.
Anyone with information into the incident or who may have witnessed it is asked to call the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304.
"I can't believe they would do something like that to her," Eighar said. "I hope they catch them, I really do."
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