He rolled up his window, snubbing a carjacker.
Then, through the glass, Alexander Dike, 21, was twice shot in the face.
The man who shot him wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and walked up behind him about 10 p.m. Tuesday in Burger King's drive-thru lane near 72nd and Grover Streets.
Three vehicles were ahead of Dike's purple 1994 Ford Escort as he waited for his order.
A 66-year-old woman who was in the car in front of Dike said she had gone to the restaurant to use a coupon for a free vanilla ice cream cone when she heard the first shot.
She turned and saw a small man holding a gun with two outstretched hands, firing into the driver's side window.
The woman spoke to The World-Herald on the condition that she not be identified.
“Before I knew it, the shooter disappeared,” she said.
Dike, a University of Nebraska at Omaha student, went looking for help from an employee inside the restaurant.
“I've been shot!” he screamed as blood dripped from his face. “I've been shot!''
The woman said she got out of her car and asked the drivers directly ahead of her to call 911. She also urged Dike to return to his car and sit down while he waited for an ambulance.
The driver of a vehicle directly behind Dike left before police arrived.
Dike told police that the would-be carjacker demanded the car as he pointed a small, semiautomatic gray handgun.
Police had not announced an arrest late Wednesday.
Dike was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police said. A hospital representative said Dike or a relative asked that no information be released about his condition.
Dike is a 2009 graduate of Norfolk High School. A relative did not return a call seeking an interview. One of his Omaha roommates, Michael Roby, 20, said Dike keeps to himself.
“I don't think he had any enemies,” Roby said, “It's scary, actually.”
People should be aware of their surroundings everywhere they go, including a drive-thru lane, police said.
In some cases it can be a good idea not to challenge someone who is robbing or assaulting you, police said. The best you can do is to get a good description.
In others, though, “it may be better to flee or fight,” said Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman. She suggested thinking about possible situations and having a plan of action.
“Sometimes,” Tierney said, “you've got to trust your instincts.”
Fast food restaurant employees are often targets of robberies, but customers and others have also been victims. Two teenagers were shot in the parking lot of a Burger King at 30th Street and Ames Avenue in 2006. One died.
And another 21-year-old UNO student, Brittany Williams, was shot dead as she waited in the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant at 30th Street and Craig Avenue in 2008.
World-Herald staff writer Bob Glissmann contributed to this report.
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