A Benson sandwich shop worker who was shot during an attempted robbery is recovering and may return to work Friday.
Nathan Tysor was working late Wednesday at Star Deli, 6114 Military Ave., when a masked man walked in, pulled out a gun and demanded money.
The gunman yelled, “Everybody get on the ground!” — but Tysor was the only person inside, said owner Jay Muller.
Tysor, 23, was near a door. He decided to make a break for it.
“His instinct was just to bolt,” Muller said.
As Tysor fled, he said, the man shot him in the leg with a small shotshell pistol.
Even so, Tysor kept going, running in one direction while the gunman ran in another direction, Muller said.
Somehow, the two came face-to-face once again, this time in an alley. The gunman started firing again — but this time Tysor wasn't hit, Muller said.
Omaha police said the shooting was reported just before 11:20 p.m. No arrests had been made late Thursday.
When officers arrived, Tysor was waiting for help on the roof of a nearby business. Police said Tysor had climbed the business' ladder to escape the gunman.
Tysor was treated at Creighton University Medical Center for a wound that police said appeared to have been caused by birdshot.
Muller posted an account of the robbery attempt on the deli's Facebook page — referring to the suspect as the “crazed gunman” and said the shot barely broke Muller's skin. Nothing was taken from the shop.
“He said it happened in a flash,” Muller said. “And he wasn't scared to come back to work. He's a pretty tough kid.”
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