DALLAS -- Gov. Bill Clements got a taste of his state's crime problem when a robber burst into a restaurant where he was eating a hamburger and fired two shots, police said.
At least one person was wounded during the Thursday evening holdup at Goff's Charcoal Hamburgers in north Dallas, authorities said.
Clements, who witnessed the robbery and shooting, finished his hamburger and left before police arrived, said Mike Toomey, the governor's deputy chief of staff.
Toomey said the 72-year-old Republican was sitting in the hamburger joint at about 8 p.m. when an armed robber entered and shouted to restaurant workers, 'I've got a gun and am going to kill you.'
The robber then went behind a counter, grabbed a gun and an undisclosed sum of money, and fired two shots as he fled. One man reportedly was shot in the leg, but managed to get to a nearby restaurant for help.
Dallas police detectives said they may want to interview Clements about what he witnessed. They are still searching for the robber, who escaped.
Clements, who worked his way from a $150-a-month job as an oil field roughneck to owner of a billion-dollar oil well drilling company, is serving his second term as governor of Texas.