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The Wal-Mart store at New Hope Commons houses a McDonald's restaurant.
DURHAM — A McDonald's manager has been released from the hospital after beingshot in the side during an armed robbery attempt Tuesday night. Thanks tothe quickthinking of an off-duty police officer, the three suspects werequickly arrested and taken into custody.

The shooting happened at the McDonald's inside the Wal-Mart store at theNew Hope Commons Shopping Center about 10 p.m. Tuesday. The shoppingcenter is on the Durham-Orange county line.

Police say twoteenagers approached Joe Crews, the manager, and demanded money. Crewswas shot in theside during a struggle with the gunmen. Crews was released Wednesday fromDuke University Medical Center.

It just so happened an off-duty officer was inside the Wal-Mart whenthe hold-up happened. He used his two-way radio to direct other officersto the crime scene.

Wednesday, both the McDonald's and the Wal-Mart where the restaurant islocated were back to normal operations. Shoppers who were asked about thecrime were surprised to learn a shooting could happen in such a publicplace.

Durham Police Cpl. Fran Borden says the incident is also alarming toinvestigators.

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