Huntsville IHOP shooter kills employee, is killed by victim’s son

Huntsville IHOP shooter kills employee, is killed by victim’s son
Roy Brown Sr. (Source: Family)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville police say gunfire exchange inside the IHOP on Drake Avenue turned deadly Wednesday night. Three people were shot and two of them died, including the customer who allegedly opened fire.

Police say it stared when 25-year-old Roderick Turner went to IHOP to pick up a carryout order. He reportedly became disruptive and loud regarding the service, which lead to a verbal then physical altercation with another IHOP employee. Turner then pulled out a handgun and started firing at employees, striking two employees.

One of the employees shot died at the scene. Police identified him as 56-year-old Roy Brown Sr.

The employee who was wounded pulled a handgun and shot Turner in self-defense of others, according to investigators. Turner died at the scene.

Brown’s family confirmed the employee who was injured and fired back was Jay Brown, son of the deceased employee.

Jay Brown was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. He is now in stable condition.

Police say that it does not appear there will be any arrests in this case, however, it will be turned over to a grand jury for review, as is customary in similar circumstances.

“At present, we’re working with the franchisee and local team to better understand the details surrounding the tragic and senseless incident that occurred at the Huntsville, AL IHOP last night.  For now, the priority is on taking care of the guests and team members who were there. The restaurant team is working closely with and assisting authorities to piece together the events that unfolded. The restaurant is currently closed pending an investigation. This is a heartbreaking situation and our thoughts at this time are with the individuals and the families of those involved. Team members and the franchisee are unavailable to discuss. Counseling for team members who request it, is available". 
Stephanie Peterson, IHOP spokeswoman

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