Kids raise money to help women shot in restaurant

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Kids at an inner-city Catholic school are reaching out to help two women who were injured in a shooting in January.

The children at St. Francis Seraph School were allowed to go uniform-free one day, IF they made a dollar donation to help the women, who were both injured when a man opened fire into the doorway at Tucker's Restaurant on Vine Street.  The combined donations will be presented Friday.

Tucker's is a decades-old family restaurant known all over the city for its breakfast and lunch food. One of the regular patrons is Mayor Mark Mallory.

On that day in January, a man opened fire into the open doorway of the crowded restaurant, apparently hoping to hit a man in the restaurant who was not hit.  Instead, the bullets struck co-owner Carla Tucker, injuring her hand, and 18-year-old customer Ranisha Burgin, who was shot in the back and paralyzed from the waist down.

Surveillance video from outside the restaurant showed two men hanging around on the sidewalk before the shooting, and running away after it.  About three weeks ago, 21-year-old Najee Jones was charged with the shooting.  Another suspect is still wanted.

The presentation will happen 9:45 a.m. Friday at Tucker's, which is at 1637 Vine Street near Green Street in Over-The-Rhine.

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