IHOP diners hid under tables as bullets flew :: WRAL.comIHOP diners hid under tables as bullets flew
Durham, N.C. — Two women told WRAL News that gunfire started at a Durham IHOP on Saturday after a group of customers was told they could not sit in a closed-off section of the restaurant.
The women, who asked that their names not be released, said some members of the group were upset and about five minutes later a man opened fire.
The women hid under booths as bullets flew through the restaurant at 1821 North Pointe Drive.
"You don't really know what to do. It's just good instinct to just get down on the floor," one witness said.
Police said that two off-duty Durham County sheriff's deputies working at the IHOP had asked the man, who had been arguing, to leave the restaurant around 3:25 a.m., shortly before he returned and opened fire, killing Delia Allen, 46, and injuring another man.
In this situation with deputies already present I think the only course of action would be to take cover and try to get out of the line of fire. Attempting to engage the shooter may cause you to be mistaken as a second shooter.