1 shot, another injured after attempted restaurant robbery near Palm Springs

Both victims are employees of restaurant
Posted at 4:23 AM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 18:53:55-04

A popular food truck is open for business again hours after a violent robbery attempt early Monday morning.

Someone with a gun shot one employee and pistol whipped another at the Tacos al Carbon trailer in Lake Worth.

For one customer who witnessed the scene Monday morning, there was a feeling of fear and frustration.
“People have families, people work for their money, he had his two legs and two arms - go get a job,” he told us, choosing not to show his face on camera. “What are you doing robbing people?”
That customer had just placed his order at the truck early Monday morning, when police say the attempted robbery turned violent. 
“The two victims ran out of the trailer, one was holding his leg bleeding, blood everywhere,” the customer says.  

Emergency crews rushed both to the hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery on the person shot. 
The violent incident was reminiscent of the situation last week at a Metro PCS store - also in Lake Worth. 
The difficult to watch video shows the same scenario - the robber shooting one clerk and pistol whipping the other. 
News Channel 5 reached out to police - who declined to say whether the two were connected - but say they are exploring all avenues.
They do point out one important difference - unlike the Metro PCS robbery, in the taco truck robbery the suspect wasn't wearing a mask. 
“No mask, just a hoodie, and the hoodie was over his head,” the witness told us.
Meanwhile, it was back to business at the taco truck Monday afternoon. 
Employees were afraid to go on camera, but told me they're still shaken up from the scary scene.
That witness we spoke to passed on a suspect description to police. 

A police spokesperson says they expect to release a sketch Tuesday.

If you have any information on this case, you're asked to call police. 




One person was shot and another was pistol whipped after an attempted robbery at a restaurant near Palm Springs early Monday morning.

Investigators said the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. at Tacos Al Carbon on Lake Worth Road.

The robber approached two restaurant employees, who were serving food out of a truck, when the attack occurred.


Palm Spring police said the gunshot victim was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center for surgery and is stable condition.

The pistol-whipped victim was taken to an area hospital, treated an released.

Investigators said the shooter ran from the scene but don't have a description of him.

The business is usually open 24 hours a day, but police closed it down for the night.  The restaurant is expected to reopen later Monday.