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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –- One woman is injured after a man strolls into a fast-food restaurant, opens fire, and then turns the gun on himself. Investigators believe the shooter was a current, or ex, boyfriend, who shot her in the foot before taking his own life.
The coroner's office identifies the man police say is the shooter as 22-year-old Corey Beeler of Louisville. It says he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Employees at the Moby Dick restaurant on Poplar Level Road and Indian Trail were visibly upset after the shooting, which happened right in front of them before 4 o'clock Monday afternoon.
"Obviously, he didn't care. Something in his mind was gone evidently, so," said Ian Zinninger.
Zinninger says his mother-in-law owns the Moby Dick, and his 16-year-old daughter was working right next to the victim when she was shot.
"They're all relatives," he said. "Even the girl that got shot. She's not actually a family member, but she's been with our business for two or three-years. We consider them all family."
After opening fire, investigators say the man then shot and killed himself. The injured woman was able to escape the restaurant and flee to a nearby Subway. Police say her wounds are not life-threatening, and she appeared to be the only person the gunman was interested in harming.
"I have not been able to ascertain how many people were inside the restaurant. What I do know is it just appears to be this person's intended target was the one that was shot," said LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell.
No one else inside Moby Dick was hurt. While upset about what happened, employees of relatives say it's fortunate no one else was caught in the cross-fire.
"At first I was angry. Now I guess I'm grateful that it wasn't worse. Like I said, I could have lost a whole family right there," said Zinninger.