Two men in a car placed an order at a Jack in the Box drive-thru before opening fire on a restaurant employee at the pickup window late Sunday in the San Fernando Valley.
The employee was in stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the hip during the attempted robbery, according to police.
No detailed description of the attackers was immediately available. The vehicle was described only as a Nissan, but police plan to review restaurant security camera video to gather more details.
"It was a robbery that went bad," said Los Angeles police Sgt. Mike Stewart.
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The employee fumbled with the cash register before at least one of the men opened fire, police said. The attackers drove from the restaurant at Roscoe Boulevard and DeSoto Avenue in Canoga Park without getting any money from the cash register, police said.
No arrests were reported early Monday.