Richmond County deputies searching for 2 armed men after gunfire during IHOP robbery attempt

Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men after an armed robbery with gunshots fired at the IHOP at 2525 Washington Road.

Around 9:30 p.m., dispatchers received a call for a suspicious person with a gun in the business.

Deputies said one man stayed at the front of the restaurant while the other demanded money from the cashier and fired a shot into the ceiling. There were about 15 customers inside, but no one was injured.

When the cashier could not get the register open, the men fled. They got into a dark vehicle and headed for The Greens Apartments on Washington.

One is described as about 5 feet, 7 inches and 180 pounds, wearing a black shirt and shorts and a black ski mask and carrying a hand gun. The second was wearing a white tank top and beige cargo shorts.