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UPDATE: According to the Madison County Coroner, Tyler Berryhill, the two men pronounced dead at the shooting scene have been identified as Roy Brown Sr., 56, of Huntsville and Roderick Turner, 25, of Huntsville.
Brown was an employee at the IHOP, and Turner was a customer. The autopsies were completed Thursday morning, and Berryhill says both men died from gunshot wounds.
A memorial set up at the IHOP location.
Lt. Michael Johnson with Huntsville Police says Turner came to the business to pick up a carry out order and became disruptive and loud about the restaurant's service. He says this led to a verbal then physical altercation with an IHOP employee.
Johnson says Turner then pulled out a handgun and began firing at employees, striking Roy Brown Sr. and the other employee, who was injured. This employee then pulled out a handgun and shot Turner in self-defense of others, Johnson says.
Police recovered two handguns from the scene. The employee who was injured and fired back at Turner is in stable condition at Huntsville Hospital.
Huntsville Police say, at this time, they do not expect any arrests to be made in the case, which will be sent to a Grand Jury for review.
UPDATE: A representative for IHOP released the following statement to WAAY 31 concerning Wednesday night's deadly shooting at a Huntsville location. This was received at 8:30 Thursday morning from Stephanie Peterson, a brand spokeswoman for the chain.
“At present, we’re working with the franchisee and local team to better understand the details surrounding the tragic and senseless incident that occurred at the Huntsville, AL IHOP last night.
For now, the priority is on taking care of the guests and team members who were there. The restaurant team is working closely with and assisting authorities to piece together the events that unfolded. The restaurant is currently closed pending an investigation.
This is a heartbreaking situation and our thoughts at this time are with the individuals and the families of those involved.”
"You can see there’s a special bond that these workers have with each other, because it comes out in their service,” said Gia Schuetz, who says she has been a customer of this IHOP location for 10 years.
The Huntsville IHOP restaurant that is the scene of a deadly a shooting remains closed as of Thursday morning. A handwritten "closed" sign is hanging on the door and tarps are covering the glass to prevent people from looking into the building.
A statement from Huntsville Police e-mailed to WAAAY 31 at 7:17 AM simply read, "At this time we have no new updates this morning."
Right now, WAAY-31 is working to learn the names of those involved in the shooting.
Huntsville Police confirmed two people are dead as a result of the shooting which took place shortly before 10 PM Wednesday night at the restaurant located at Drake Avenue next to Memorial Parkway.
Huntsville police report that three men were shot. Two of them are dead and one is at Huntsville Hospital.
Lt. Michael Johnson says a customer shot two employees. The shooter and one of the employees are dead, he said.
A dispute over service prompted the violence, police said. The customer/shooter went to his car and got a gun, Johnson said.
Police have recovered a handgun.
Police say they are not looking for additional suspects.
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