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Gunfight Outside J.R. Crickets Leaves Four Injured

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It started with an argument inside the restaurant.

The North Avenue J.R. Crickets location. Wednesday night's shooting occurred at the Downtown outpost.
The North Avenue J.R. Crickets location. Wednesday night's shooting occurred at the Downtown outpost.
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Four people were injured in a gunfight outside the Downtown location of J.R. Crickets Wednesday night, reports the Associated Press. One person was arrested in connection with the shooting in the area of Forsyth and Poplar streets, and police believe the incident started as an argument in side the restaurant.

A gun was found at the scene by television news crews, according to Fox 5's Kaitlyn Pratt, who said the weapon was "jammed, has blood on it." Reporters later found a second gun and notified police.

A witness told Channel 2 Action News, "I saw one person running from the shooting scene. One of the people appeared to be fleeing and took time to stop and smash the window of this car over here and stole a bag out of the car as he ran away." Fox 5 reported a woman had her purse stolen and threatened to return to the restaurant and "shoot the place up."

Paul Juliano, CEO of J.R. Crickets, released a statement on the incident and said customer safety is a top priority.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this senseless tragedy," Juliano said. "We are incredibly saddened and dismayed by the actions of the perpetrator and we remain committed to making sure that every customer is safe at our stores."

Police arrested Brent Morrie, who was treated for injuries at Grady Hospital. Charges against Morrie weren't immediately announced.

J.R. Crickets operates nine restaurants in the Atlanta area including the Downtown location at 57 Forsyth Street NW. The original opened at 129 North Avenue in 1982.

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