In what police are calling an attempted robbery, a man walked into a Kearns restaurant and, without making any demands, fired a shot into the ground, then ran out the front door without taking any money Tuesday night.

The man, described as 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, startled a waitress at El Rancho Grande, 4750 S. 4800 West, said Lt. Jason Johnson of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.

As the woman took a step away from the suspect, the man fired a shot into the ground and ran out the front door.

Police were not sure if he left on foot or in a vehicle.

Johnson said the suspect might be the same person who robbed a Chinese restaurant in West Valley City earlier in the evening.