Jackson police say two violent crimes that happened Sunday night in Jackson are likely connected.
Dixon's Diner on Northside drive is riddled with bullet holes. The owner says he was getting ready to close Sunday night, when three armed men wearing masks entered the restaurant.
He told them to leave, they started shooting at him, and he fired back. Over 8 shots were exchanged, luckily nobody was hit.
Rodrick Dixon, the son of the owner said,
"That is terrifying our city, they're not going to stop till somebody put a bullet in them," said Rodrick Dixon, the owner's son. "If anybody has any information about what happened here at Dixon's on Northside Drive, were putting out a reward for you cause this could have been my dad's life.""
Dixon said his dad started bringing a gun to work just recently, after a rash of armed robberies of businesses.
"Yes he's lucky to be alive because they just came in with no regard, fired weapons and didn't care who they possibly targeted," said Officer Colendula Green. "So these individuals are very armed and dangerous and very dangerous to society. so we're trying to make sure we capture these individuals before anything else happens."
Police say they believe the gunmen robbed the Family Dollar on Clinton Boulevard just before the robbery attempt.
During the robbery, police say a customers purse was taken, and a car was shot into as they left the parking lot. The gunmen wore masks and dark hoodies, and were seen driving a dark colored Nissan, possibly an Altima, in both crimes.