Police hunt for gunman after McDonald's standoff
April 27, 1998
Web posted at: 1:10 p.m. EDT (1710 GMT)
NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Police and the FBI were
hunting for a gunman who fled to New York on Monday after a
bungled robbery at a Massachusetts fast-food restaurant in
which 15 people were taken hostage and another gunman was
Police in New Bedford said the fugitive gunman fled in a car
with two female hostages aged 23 and 20. The women were later
left in a New York City motel room, bound and gagged, but
managed to free themselves and call for help, according to
New York police.
At the crime scene, a masked gunman was found dead in the
back of the restaurant from a gunshot he might have received
from police, Police Chief Arthur Kelly said.
"Our prayers were with those being held hostage," City
Council President Brian Gomes said earlier. "We just wanted
everything to turn out all right."
Police were called to the restaurant in this city 60 miles
south of Boston after a report of two suspicious men at about
9 p.m. Sunday. As officers tried to talk to them, the men
shot at them and police fired back.
Gunmen took hostages at this McDonald's restaurant in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Sunday
As customers and police ran out, the one gunman escaped in
the car with the two women.
During the standoff, police were able to talk to one person
in the McDonald's by cellular telephone but could not contact
the gunman still inside, Kelly said. At midnight, SWAT team
members opened a door with a key and found the gunman was
"We saw the SWAT team running across the street and they were
yelling," said Spencer Strickland, who watched the standoff.
"It looked like some kind of a 'Miami Vice' episode."
Officers took the customers and workers out and made them lie
on the ground and handcuffed them until it was determined a
gunman was not among them. They then were bused to the police
station for questioning.