EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) -– A midnight armed robbery alert prompted East Ridge Police to respond to Sonic restaurant at 4348 Ringgold Road in East Ridge.

Officers were told by the manager two armed black males entered the business demanding money. A physical struggle by manager and one of the suspects resulted in a shot fired that hit kitchen equipment.

The second suspect then picked up the weapon and both suspects ordered the employees to the ground. The cash registers were emptied by the suspects before they  fled north on Moore Rd. in a small blue vehicle.

The suspects were described as black males; one was approximately 5'10", 260lbs. The second suspect was 5'6" 160lbs.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the East Ridge Police Department at 423-867-3718. A confidential tip line is also available at 423-867-0016.