A 19-year-old employee at a fast food restaurant has been shot and killed in an armed robbery, while two others inside the establishment were also injured.
At around 12.45am on Sunday morning, officers from the New York Police Department rushed to a Burger King in East Harlem following reports of an employee being shot and a man brandishing a gun.
At the restaurant, 19-year-old Kristal Bayron-Nieves was found with a gunshot wound to her torso and she was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
In a video shared by the police, a man is seen dressed in all black, with his face covered, as he waves a gun while speaking with someone at the Burger King.
Police shared the video in hopes of identifying the man and have offered a cash reward for any information in relation to the case.
According to NBC New York, the man walked into the Burger King and demanded money, while waving the gun at the employees.
During the exchange, the man fired his weapon, with a bullet hitting Ms Bayron-Nieves, before he pistol whipped the restaurant's manager and a customer who was inside at the time of the robbery and shooting.
The offender then fled the scene, with an unknown amount of cash, ABC7NY reported.
NBC News reported that Ms Bayron-Nieves lived locally and had only started working at the restaurant a few weeks ago.
A GoFundMe has been set up so her family can cover funeral expenses. You can donate here.
According to the New York Daily News, Ms Bayron-Nieves had asked to be taken off the late night shifts because she felt unsafe.
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She was reportedly meant to start new working hours next week and took the job to save up some money.
“She was really a very beautiful girl, very happy girl,” Nathalie Pagan, a family friend, said.
“I don’t even know how we’re gonna live without her now.”
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