ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)- St. Charles Police are searching for suspects this morning after a man was shot multiple times at a crowded Chuck E. Cheese`s. The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday night at the restaurant located near Highway 94, south of I-70. Police say victim remains hospitalized in serious condition. Two suspects in the case remain at large. The victim was shot in the entry way between two sets of doors that lead into the restaurant. Authorities believe he was shot again outside. EMS crews found the victim outside the restaurant.
Nearly 40 adults and children were inside the restaurant at the time. Investigators say the shooting resulted from an altercation that began with a fist fight that escalated.
A Chuck E. Cheese’s worker who was inside at the time says the dispute stemmed from people who were at the restaurant for a kid`s birthday party. She says several adult males were possibly fighting over a woman. According to the witness, the gunman pointed a gun at her manager then stood atop a booth and opened fire on the victim.
The worker, who did want to be identified, took cover with others in a locked storage area.
Investigators are reviewing surveillance video to identify possible suspects or witnesses.
CEC Entertainment released this statement to the media about the shooting, “We are deeply concerned by the recent incidents at two of our stores in the St. Louis area. While we are unable to comment on an ongoing investigation, we are cooperating fully with the authorities.
The safety and security of our guests and employees is of the utmost importance, and we want to assure parents and caregivers that we take great measures to protect the experience children and families have in our stores. Many of the measures we have in place – such as our Kid Check program, employment of security guards, active security camera systems and additional safety precautions – are transparent to our guests to encourage an environment Where a Kid Can Be a Kid. Maintaining a wholesome, safe experience that sets a standard across our more than 560 locations is our priority, and we will never stop working to improve how we operate our business.
We will continue to evaluate the security of each of our locations in the coming hours, days and weeks, and we will react swiftly should we determine that more stringent measures are necessary. The safety of our guests and staff is a primary concern for us, just as it for the families who visit us.”
Daytime pic of shattered glass on Chuck E Cheese's door in St Charles where man shot last night; 2 suspects at large. pic.twitter.com/OqaETLjx3u
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