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DENVER PHOTO SPEED: Workers at the restaurant where the shooting ended are still trying to heal

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – A gunman killed five people between Denver and Lakewood on December 27, and much of the community is still healing.

Just over a week after reopening, things are returning to normal at Rock Wood-Fire Pizza in Belmar Shopping Center. However, the reminder of shoot horror still like the windows up.

The Rock is a place where violent crime has ended so re-preparing pizza is once again progressive after their workplace no longer feels safe.

Eric Stevens, the restaurant’s manager, said: ‘It was very painful for the staff. “Some of the people who have been with me for almost 10 years feel like this is home, and they are afraid to come home, which is a really, really bad experience. You know, you don’t want to be scared to go home.”

Stevens received a call from an employee involved in the incident.

“Lots of screams, loud screams, just scared voices. It’s just, you know, the man was talking to me as if they were shooting people running – what do I do, where do I go? ‘ Stevens recounted on the call.

The bullets broke the restaurant’s windows, but did not shake their morale.

“This week,” Stevens said. “To the point where they can laugh and have fun but not always look over their shoulder. It’s definitely a process. ”

None of Eric’s staff were injured, they knew they were lucky; But the pain of the incident still lingers.

“I have a young girl who is six months pregnant, that is, six months pregnant. They had fake labor because of the stress of the event. She’s been able to come back ever since, a very brave young lady,” Stevens said. “The entire staff is incredibly brave.”

Stevens said the support of the Lakewood community will help with their healing.

“When things get tough, the hard times come together,” says Stevens.

The damage will eventually cost them $15,000 to $20,000, but Stevens said the mental health of employees remains a top priority.

Steven said his staff have taken advantage of mental health support at the resource center that the city of Lakewood has set up, allowing people to take the pressure off of this horrific tragedy.

“There have been some long-term impacts, financially. You know, we’ve seen a drop in business over the past week and a half. And as you said, I think a lot goes into that prompt, especially when the window is still out. People drive by and they, you know, they don’t necessarily want to visit us. And I think it’s going to take time, you know, people will get more comfortable as time goes on,” Stevens said.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/workers-at-restaurant-where-shooting-spree-ended-still-trying-to-heal/ DENVER PHOTO SPEED: Workers at the restaurant where the shooting ended are still trying to heal

Tom Vazquez

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