Gunmen storm Lakeview restaurant in attempted robbery

Owner recalls scary moment during armed robbery attempt at Lakeview restaurant

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two gunmen stormed into a Lakeview restaurant packed with people Tuesday night, demanding money. The brazen and shocking incident left the owners and everyone inside shaken.

Lakeview Harbor, located in the 900 block of Harrison Ave. was closing at 11 p.m. when the owner said two men with masks walked into the kitchen through a back door that was left open.

The men were armed. One man was wielding a handgun and the other with was carrying an assault rifle.

New Orleans police said the gunmen ordered everyone to the ground. There were about 30 people inside at the time, seven of them were employees.

The owner says one gunman stayed in the kitchen while the other one walked into the front of the restaurant.

At that point, an employee took off running out of the front door and the gunman fired a shot at him but missed.

Seconds later the two masked men ran out of the building.

The owner said there was a vehicle waiting for them in the back of the building.

Neither of the owners were actually inside of the restaurant when it happened, but they described how the gunman burst in and what they told employees.

"They both said this is not a game. We will kill you right here. And my chef, he took a step back and he raised his hands," co-owner Mark Schenk said. "One of the guys told me … just don't run, we aren't going to hurt you. Just don't run. If you run, we will kill you."

No one was hurt during the ordeal and the gunmen did not get away with anything.

Police are still searching for the two men. While the surveillance video helps, they need more help to identify the perpetrators. If you know anything about this crime, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111.

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