KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A customer who was upset over his tab fired several shots into a Hooters restaurant early Saturday morning, striking a patron who later died at a hospital and leaving a manager in serious condition, police said.
Police were searching for the man, who left on foot just after midnight, Lt. Kenny Miller said.
"Management told the suspect to leave the restaurant and they waived the tab," Miller said.
The man went outside just before 1 a.m. Saturday and started firing shots from a .40-caliber handgun at the building, Miller said.
The patron who died from his injuries has been identified as 35-year-old Stacey Sherman of Applegate, Mich. Police said he was believed to be visiting family for the holidays.
The other victim, 24-year-old Kris Key, was listed in serious condition.
Police said the suspect, who was not identified, is a white male who was missing his front teeth and was wearing jeans and a black jacket decorated in rhinestones.