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Employee fires shots into Sal & Mookies; sits in car until police arrive

Published: Jan. 31, 2022 at 12:15 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A man has been taken into police custody after firing shots inside the Sal & Mookie’s restaurant Monday morning.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. The man, an employee of the Northeast Jackson restaurant, entered the facility through the back door, fired several rounds inside the restaurant, and broke two windows before leaving, co-owner Jeff Good said.

The man then went and sat inside his vehicle, which is where he was when Jackson police arrived on the scene.

“No one was targeted,” he said.

The restaurant was closed on Monday, and no one was hurt during the incident. “Managers were both in (the) back office doing paperwork,” he said.

Good said the suspect was an employee and has been with him since the restaurant opened its new location at the District at Eastover.

“We’re thankful he chose to damage property and not people,” he said. “It is obviously a mental health issue. We’re going to follow up and find out what’s going on with him.”

Good later posted this statement to his Facebook page.

He could not say whether the worker would still be employed following the incident.

Good didn’t know what caused the individual to open fire and had not had a chance to speak with him about the incident.

WLBT crews at the scene spotted a broken window at the restaurant’s door before they were asked to leave.

Good later said that the windows were broken by the employee before he left.

“The only bullets were discharged inside the building. Three bullets inside the building, two in the kitchen and one in the dining room,” he said.

The suspect’s car was also towed from the scene shortly after.

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