Three men rob Vineville restaurant, employee shoots back

Three men robbed China Inn, 3268 Vineville Ave., just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Macon police.

An employee told officers the men asked for the price of a cup of water and then left for about 10 minutes. They returned and ordered two meals and walked back outside, according to a police report.

One of the men then came back and paid for a glass of water. When the employee opened the cash register, the man leaned over the register to grab money, according to the police.

The employee shut the register before the man could take any money, but the man took the tip jar, according to the report.

Seeing that the man looked like he was trying to pull a gun out of his pocket, the employee pulled out his gun and fired two shots in the air. The three men fled, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.