Police say disgruntled IHOP customer had run-ins with the law before


We are learning more about the customer who shot two IHOP employees in Huntsville last night.

Police say 25-yr-old Roderick Turner shot and killed 56-year-old Roy Brown Sr. and injured his son. Police tell WZDX Turner had been arrested several times before. 

Handwritten signs on the doors of  IHOP on Drake Ave. in Huntsville say, “closed.” This comes after a shooting broke out between a customer and an employee, leaving two men dead. 

“We got the call about 10 minutes ’til 10 that there was a shooting with possible victims inside. When we arrived there were they two deceased victims, Roy Brown Sr. and Roderick Turner,” explained Lt. Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police Department. 

Witnesses say Turner came to IHOP to pick up an order. He was not happy with the service and began being disruptive.

“Escalated from that, to a verbal argument, to a physical altercation, into the shooting,” said Johnson. 

Police say Turner shot Roy Brown Sr. multiple times and he shot Brown’s son, who also works at the restaurant. Brown died at the scene. 

“And then Mr. Turner was shot by this third, unnamed employee, the son of the deceased,” Johnson said.

Police tell WZDX Turner had been in trouble with the law before. 

“He does have quite a large amount of contact with Huntsville Police. His criminal history is pretty extensive as young as he is,” added Johnson.   

Turner also died at the restaurant. The employee who shot Turner is in stable condition. 

Police say no arrest will be made at this time.

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