Robert Morris / Uptown Messenger

An employee of the Dat Dog on Freret Street was shot Monday morning by a masked man attempting to rob the popular restaurant before it opened, police said.

Several employees were inside the store around 10:30 a.m. preparing to open when a masked man with a gun walked in and demanded money, said Officer Frank Roberston, a NOPD spokesman. The employee was reluctant to give the money up, and the gunman shot him once in the right shoulder, Robertson said.

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