Tavern and Table suspect, full view

Authorities released surveillance photographs of this man, suspected of shooting the manager of popular Shem Creek restaurant Tavern & Table during a robbery late Wednesday night. Mount Pleasant Police Department/Provided

The Mount Pleasant restaurant manager targeted in a robbery earlier this week was shot in the back, police said in a report released Friday.

Investigators were still trying to identify a suspect in the heist and shooting that wounded the employee, Christoper Dixon, at Tavern & Table on Shem Creek.

A fundraising effort for Dixon, a new father, and his family was started Friday on GoFundMe.com, raising $2,000 in its first two hours.

The business had closed by 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man in a hooded sweatshirt walked in and demanded money, the Mount Pleasant Police Department said.

The robber opened fire before leaving through a side door, the report stated.

The gunman "chose to shoot (Dixon) for no reason," Tavern & Table owner Dianne Crowley later said in a statement.

When officers got there, workers ran out the front door and shouted for help, the document added. The authorities found Dixon in an office. He was awake but bleeding from the bullet wound in his lower back.

A search of the area did not yield suspects. Surveillance images showed a man in a black sweatshirt and blue pants. The robber had been wearing a red bandanna at the time of the crime, investigators said.

Dixon is expected to survive his injury.

The restaurant reopened Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the holdup is asked to call Detective Stephanie Buono at 843-884-4176. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111 or go online at 5541111.com.

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Andrew Knapp is editor of the Quick Response Team, which covers crime, courts and breaking news. He previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at Florida Today, Newsday and Bangor (Maine) Daily News. He enjoys golf, weather and fatherhood.

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