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Suspects Arrested In Wilson Restaurant Robbery Attempt, Fatal Shooting

Posted May 16, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Wilson Police have arrested a second suspect in the armed robbery and shooting death of a restaurant employee Sunday night.

Police arrested Terry Robinson Tuesday evening. Ronald Bullock, 18, was arrested late Monday night.

John Rushton, associate manager of thePizza Inn, was shot to death during the attempted robbery.

Police say the incident happened between 9:45 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is located in the Winoca Shopping Center on Ward Boulevard.

Police still do not know why the gunmen opened fire. They tell WRAL the two male suspects allegedly walked into the take-out area inside the restaurant, demanded cash and then gunned down Rushton.

About a half-dozen customers were in the restaurant eating at the time of the shooting. No other employees or customers in the restaurant were hurt.

Police say the suspects were wearing ski masks at the time of the shooting. Police say that they may have found some clothing left behind by the suspects and searched a wooded area near the restaurant for evidence.

Rushton, who worked at the restaurant for two years, leaves behind a wife and four children; three of the children are under age five.

The corporation that owns the Wilson restaurant is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the two suspects. They are also providing counseling to restaurant employees.

CrimeStoppers and the Wilson Police Department have each contributed $1,000 to the reward. If you have information call Wilson CrimeStoppers at252-243-2255.

A memorial fund has been set up for the family. You can make a donation to the John Rushton Memorial Fund at any BB&T location.

Pizza Inn has already donated $10,000 to the memorial.

A banquet will be held at the Pizza Inn on Sunday, May 22 with proceeds going to the memorial fund. The public is invited to attend.