Teen Employee Shot, Killed over $14

Armed robbery at popular Kenosha restaurant turns deadly

A teenage clerk was killed and another man wounded following an armed robbery at a popular drive-in restaurant.

Authorities said Monday two masked men entered Shirl’s Drive-In Restaurant, at 7943 Sheridan Road, through a back door around 9:39 p.m. Sunday just as the establishment was about to close for the night.

One of the suspects was armed with a gun, the other with a knife and they demanded cash from the register, said Kenosha Police Sgt. Hugh Rafferty. The two assailants then shot an 18-year-old clerk identified as Robert W. Wilde of Kenosha and his 43-year-old manager before taking an undisclosed amount of cash and fleeing the restaurant on foot in a southeasterly direction.

Four other employees inside the restaurant, females between the ages of 17 and 20, were not injured, Rafferty said.

The two victims were both taken to Kenosha Hospital and Medical Center by the Kenosha Fire Department rescue personnel. Wilde was pronounced dead a short time later, while the 43-year-old man was treated and later released. His name has not been released.

The suspects are described as Hispanic men between 5-feet-10 inches and 6-feet-tall, police said. One suspect had long hair and was wearing a tan parka, blue shirt, camouflage pants and a black mask. The other suspect wore a brown parka or sweatshirt, green shirt, tan shorts and a black mask.

Members of the Kenosha Police Department, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Pleasant Prairie Police Department have been searching for the suspects. Air-One, a helicopter from Illinois which serves multiple jurisdictions, also assisted in the search.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Kenosha police at 262-605-5210. Those wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 can call the Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333 or 800-807-8477.

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