Cook shot inside popular restaurant; Shooter(s) on the run

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities are actively searching for the person or people who shot a 60-year-old cook inside a popular Hall County restaurant late Wednesday night.

The Gainesville Police Department told Channel 2 Action News that the person or people entered Huddle House on Jesse Jewell Parkway around 11:30 p.m. and shot the man multiple times.

A woman working inside the restaurant was able to escape and get help at a nearby convenience store.

"We can't say whether this is a random act of violence or not," Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said.


The victim, identified as Michael Benham, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in critical condition. Police said he’s expected to survive.

A family member told us Benham is an Army veteran and a good person.

"If we plan on living in a civilized society, then things like this can't be tolerated," the family member said.

Investigators told Channel 2 Action News that minutes after they were called to the Huddle House for this shooting, they got a call about another shooting not too far away.

They're working to see if there's any connection.