An employee of a Westchester restaurant remains in critical condition after he was shot in the head during an attempted robbery late Saturday, December 3rd, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community police said.

The shooting occurred at about 11:30 p.m. at Paco’s Tacos, 6212 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

The suspect, described only as a black male, entered the restaurant and approached a male employee, approximately 30 years old, who was alone at the front counter in the restaurant hostess area, LAPD Lt. Phil Fontanetta said.

The suspect demanded that the employee give him money from the cash register, but when the employee was unable to open the register the suspect shot him in the head, police allege.

The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction without taking any money.

The employee was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

“He wasn’t able to get a chance to get the money out,” a restaurant manager said of the employee.

Police have interviewed witnesses at the restaurant to help create a composite image of the suspect, Fontanetta said.

The Paco’s Tacos kitchen closes at 11 p.m. but some patrons were still eating at the time of the shooting, the restaurant manager said.

A large party of 40 patrons had entered the restaurant shortly before 11 p.m., the manager said.

Paco’s Tacos remained open for business Sunday, December 4th.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the LAPD Pacific Community Police Station at (310) 482-6334.