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SC McDonald’s Hostage-Taking Ends

July 30, 2000

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) _ Three employees were taken hostage early Sunday during an attempted robbery at a McDonald’s restaurant. One escaped and the others were freed 4 1/2 hours later after the suspects’ fathers talked them into surrendering.

One of the hostages had been shot and was in serious condition Sunday, and another was sexually assaulted, Police Chief Willie Johnson said.

Police received a call at about 6 a.m. that someone was trying to rob the restaurant. Two men had ordered the hostages _ managers Eric Marshall and Bruce Tyler and a 19-year-old female clerk _ to open the safe, Lt. Ed Blackburn said.

``They said they were going to die today. They spoke of killing the hostages,″ Blackburn said.

About two hours later, Tyler was able escape from the restaurant. Blackburn said that after Tyler’s escape the suspects shot Marshall three times to show they were serious. They also threatened Marshall and the clerk with a knife from the restaurant’s kitchen.

The standoff ended about 10:30 a.m. after the fathers of both men helped police talk them into surrenduring and the two were arrested. Johnson identified them as Michael Sheppard, 20, and Mario Baldwin, 21, both of Greenville.

Marshall was in serious condition Sunday at Greenville Memorial Hospital, spokeswoman Robyn Zimmerman said. The condition of the female clerk was not immediately available.

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