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Santa Ana Restaurant Customer Shoots Alleged Robber Through Drive-Thru Window: Police

A person opened fire through the drive-thru window of a Santa Ana restaurant after witnessing a robbery taking place inside the business, striking the alleged robber, according to authorities.

A surveillance image shows an alleged robber and an employee inside a Santa Ana restaurant on May 26, 2018. (Credit: Cozy Corner Drive-In)

A surveillance image shows an alleged robber and an employee inside a Santa Ana restaurant on May 26, 2018. (Credit: Cozy Corner Drive-In)

Santa Ana police responded to the Cozy Corner Drive-In at 426 N. Harbor Blvd. shortly after midnight Saturday. Officers determined that a suspect was in the midst of a robbery, when someone in the drive-thru shot at the alleged robber inside the restaurant, Cmdr. Michael Claborn said.

The person responsible for the reported robbery stumbled outside, and was subsequently treated on scene and taken to a hospital, Claborn stated. Authorities did not release the alleged robber’s name, but they said he was expected to survive and that he was arrested on suspicion of robbery, the Orange County Register reported.

The shooter fled the scene, the commander told KTLA. No description of that person was provided. However, Claborn said the shooter was a customer who was waiting for his food in the drive-thru line, the newspaper reported.

No other injuries were reported.