Cashier shot, killed during robbery at Bearden cafeteria

Cashier shot, killed during robbery at Bearden cafeteria

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A security camera image shows the suspect entering the S&S Cafeteria with a handgun. (source: Knoxville Police Department) A security camera image shows the suspect entering the S&S Cafeteria with a handgun. (source: Knoxville Police Department)
Daniel Charles Giles (source: Knoxville Police Department) Daniel Charles Giles (source: Knoxville Police Department)

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A cashier at a cafeteria in Bearden was shot in the chest Thursday night and later died. Police say the gunman fled on foot.

Daniel Charles Giles, 60, was taken to UT Medical Center, where he died late Thursday night.

Witnesses say there were about 30 people in the S&S Cafeteria, 4808 Kingston Pike, when the shooting happened just before 8:00 p.m.

They say the cashier was lying unconscious on the floor of the restaurant while rescue workers attended to him.

Police searched for the suspect on the ground and in the air with a helicopter, but so far they have not located him.

A limited description of the suspect has been provided based on witness descriptions and security camera images. Police say he is a black man and was wearing a white shirt, tan shorts and a baseball cap.

Many people were emotional outside the cafeteria as they learned their friends and loved ones weren't hurt in the incident.

Margaret Kirk was eating dinner with her husband. She said she dove under the table as soon as she heard a shot fired.

"I heard a man yell for help. I looked and I saw four arms up in the air and then I heard the shot," Kirk said.

"You really don't know what something like this is like until it happens to you. It's terrifying," Kirk added.

Samantha Cox, a waitress at the cafeteria, says she hid in the freezer.

Cox also says there was another attempted robbery at the cafeteria only two weeks ago. "It's traumatic. I cannot work here anymore. I'm a full-time student. This is too much stress."

Angie Roach was eating at the restaurant with her father during the shooting, and says police were on scene minutes afterward.

"The only thing that went through my mind was getting the victim some help so I called emergency crews to get some help," Roach said.

Smith & Sons Foods, Inc., the owner of S&S Cafeteria, released a statement Friday that says in part: "S&S Cafeterias does everything within its power to protect all of our employees and our customers and does everything it can to provide a safe workplace and dining environment. We apologize to our customers who were in the dining room at the time of the robbery and thank them for their understanding."

Anyone with information about the suspect should call the police department's Crime Information Line at 865-215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous.

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