Man fatally shot at restaurant; co-worker charged

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) – Police say a man has fatally shot a co-worker at a fast-food restaurant in central Kentucky.

Media cited a statement from the Elizabethtown Police Department in reporting that 27-year-old Joshua Lee Ratliff is facing charges including murder and fleeing from police in the shooting Thursday evening at a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant.

News outlets report Ratliff entered a not guilty plea Friday morning to the charges.

An arrest citation accuses Ratliff of shooting 22-year-old Ryan Birse of Elizabethtown nine times. The citation says Ratliff entered the establishment, located Birse and began firing.

A customer, Michelle Piercy, told The News-Enterprise that she ran outside with her teenage son after hearing shots behind the counter and dialed 911 while hiding behind a car.

Police are investigating. They have not release a motive.