UPDATED 02/13/12 6:36 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police have released a surveillance photo showing the gunman who shot and killed an employee at a West Town Subway restaurant.

Lyn Ward, 54, was working in the Subway restaurant at 1129 N. Western Ave. – on the cusp of the Humboldt Park and Ukrainian Village communities – when a man armed with a chrome-colored, short-barreled revolver came in about 8:50 p.m. Thursday and announced a robbery, police said.

Ward tried to run out the back of the building when the gunman shot her in the neck. He then ordered another employee to open the register and took some cash, fleeing southbound on Western Avenue.

Ward, of the 4600 block of North Magnolia Avenue, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital of Cook County at 7:29 a.m. Friday.

The restaurant’s former owner, Bieu Hoang, said he had hired the woman who was killed.

“She worked very good, no complaints,” Hoang told CBS 2’s Mai Martinez.

The suspect is described as a black man between 30 to 40 years old, police said. He is between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9-inches tall with a medium build and medium complexion. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored knit ski hat, a tan-colored 3/4-length parka with a fur trimmed hood, light colored blue jeans and white gym shoes with black trim. The man is considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call Harrison Area detectives, at (312) 746-8252.

The Sun-Times Meida Wire contributed to this report.

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