Suspect killed, employee injured in shooting at Madison Burger King

Metro Police responded to a reported shooting at a Burger King in Madison just on Monday night.

Police said a Burger King manager was critically injured trying to wrestle a gun away from a masked suspect during the incident.

It began as a robbery attempt when three masked suspects entered the restaurant on Gallatin Pike North just after 11:30 p.m.

Two of the suspects, including 18-year-old Kenneth Jernigan, had weapons. Jernigan was shot and killed in the incident.

Police said Manager Maurice Farris, 34, saw the suspects approach the kitchen and wrestled the lead suspect to the ground.

The suspect's gun fired. Farris was shot in the torso and Jernigan was also shot. The MNPD is currently investigating whether or not the shots that injured both men came from Jernigan's gun.

Officers said Farris did not have a gun. He is in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

Police identified Jernigan and his family has been notified. The restaurant was closed on Tuesday.

Two additional suspects fled the scene in a white sedan.

An investigation is underway as to what exactly occurred inside the location. The fast food restaurant is closed at this time.

Burger King released the following statement to Fox 17 News after the shooting:

"While we’re still looking into the specifics of this matter, we’re saddened to hear about this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the individuals affected by this incident. The safety of our Guests and Team Members is of the utmost importance to us and the Franchisee, who independently owns and operates this Restaurant. The Franchisee is fully cooperating with local authorities as they conduct their investigation."

This is a developing story, stay with Fox 17 News for updates.

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