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Minneapolis soul food joint temporarily closes after chef is shot

Wendy Puckett was shot in the face with a pellet gun.

A soul food restaurant in north Minneapolis has closed temporarily after its chef and owner was shot.

Wendy Puckett, the chef behind Wendy's House of Soul at 1021 West Broadway Ave. N., was leaving work on Friday when someone drove past and shot her with a pellet gun.

The pellet lodged in her face, just beneath her eye, and required her to have surgery this weekend.

"No words can be expressed on this situation except we hope you pray for Wendy," read a post on the restaurant's Facebook page. "As you know we live here, we support the community and this is devastating."

At this stage it's unclear when her business will be able to re-open, and in order to keep her company afloat while she's recuperating, two fundraising efforts have been launched.

Customers are being asked to make donations either through the Cash App or Venmo, with the closure coming ahead of what is traditionally one of her busiest weeks of the year.

Puckett's sister, Heather Warfield, told WCCO that the shooting left Puckett with a hole on the left side of her nose, saying she was shot as she was getting into her van and turned upon hearing someone laughing.

No arrests have been made in the incident, the TV station notes.

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