Man fleeing robbers shot in ankle
MANCHESTER - A man was shot in the ankle early Tuesday morning while fleeing two men, one armed with a gun, who tried to rob him outside the New Yee Dynasty, police said.
Jason Brooks, 32, of Chichester, was at the 830 South Willow St. restaurant until about 1 a.m.
During the evening, his companion was involved in a dispute with several other patrons but Brooks was able to diffuse the situation by buying everyone a round of drinks, police said.
He speculated he unwittingly made himself a target when he showed some cash while paying for the drinks.
Brooks and his two friends left about 1 a.m. but as they started to cross South Willow Street, two other men in dark hooded sweatshirts came up behind them. One of them pointed a gun at Brooks and demanded his money.
He refused and, as he was running from them, he heard two gunshots. One of the bullets struck him in the ankle, according to Sgt. Mark Sanclemente. Brooks was taken to the Elliot Hospital for treatment of injuries that are not life-threatening, he said.
The shooter and the other man with him were last seen running east near Gabrielle Street where police believe they got into a waiting vehicle.
Police extensively searched the area for the two men and brought in police dogs but Sanclemente said they could not find them.
He said Brooks was unable to give any description of the gunman or the man with him.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards may be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org .