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Dat Dog shooting: robbery hospitalizes hot dog joint manager

It was a stick-up turned shooting involving a gunman who wasn’t at all interested in hot dogs, just the bread.

Dat Dog restaurant and the tight-knit, small business-heavy 5-thousand block of Uptown’s up and coming Freret Street was dealt a blow Monday morning, as a mask-wearing robber relished the opportunity to steal.

New Orleans Police say the crime happened around 10:30AM when the hooded man with a bandana covering the bottom half of his face walked in, pointed a gun at the business’ general manager and demanded cash.

datdogWhen the employee refused, the gunman pointed the pistol at his head, and fired a shot into his shoulder, detectives said.

The unnamed victim was rushed to University hospital where he is listed in stable condition, according to police.

Neighbors and friends of the business Monday night said the man was scheduled to undergo surgery to have a bullet removed.

Dat Dog immediately closed after the incident and did not reopen Monday. A sign on the front door Monday night said a “family emergency” was the reason for the restaurant’s closing.

The New Freret Merchants Association and neighbors said the botched stick-up was caught on one of Dat Dog’s security cameras.

Multiple other cameras on the outside of nearby businesses in the area are also thought to have captured an image of the crook.

The NOPD’s public information office said Monday night that no video is currently available.

Anyone with information on the matter is urged to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.