Gator's Dockside worker shot during robbery inside restaurant

Suspect arrested on attempted 2nd-degree murder charges

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man was taken into custody Wednesday in connection with a robbery and shooting at an Orlando restaurant that left an employee wounded, according to deputies.

Craig Bernard Kerry Jr., 23, has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated battery in the shooting inside Gator's Dockside, 13701 S. John Young Parkway.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, a masked man, later identified as Kerry, entered the restaurant, brandished a gun and demanded money while forcing workers into an office. While an employee was complying, Kerry fired at least twice, striking a 35-year-old man who works at the restaurant.

The victim was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said. A witness was taken to Hunters Creek Medical Center for evaluation, deputies said.

Up to seven customers and four employees were in the restaurant at the time of the shooting, but no one else was hurt, officials said.

The gunman is believed to have driven off in a white Ford Mustang, deputies said. The Sheriff's Office said it located the possible getaway car at a nearby hotel.

Deputies said Kerry was questioned after a number of citizens reported a suspicious person stopping cars and asking to use the drivers' cellphones. 

After the robbery, the same deputies recognized Kerry and his vehicle from the surveillance video and found Kerry and the vehicle at Crestwood Suites on Presidents Drive.

Kerry was taken into custody.

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