Delia Allen of Lancaster Street was apparently an innocent bystander when a man who had been ordered from the restaurant shortly before 3:25 a.m. by two off-duty Durham County sheriff's deputies allegedly returned with a gun and started firing.
Allen was a single mother raising her teenage daughter. Another man in the restaurant was grazed by a bullet but wasn't seriously hurt.
Frustrated and searching for answer's Allen's family has a message for the gunman.
"Turn yourself in. Hopefully, you can get help at one point in your life. You can do your time for what you've done so that you can't do this to somebody else," offered Allen's brother Viselles Edwards.
Police have not named a suspect, but ABC11 has learned from sources that the gunman was caught on surveillance cameras and detectives are working to identify him. The man may be an absconder - someone wanted by authorities before the shooting.
"We truly need this person out of our community," said Edwards.
Allen's family said it is also frustrated by the number of unanswered questions about the deputies who were working off-duty at the restaurant.
"Did they give chase? How far did they go? Asked Allen's niece Freda Silver.
The sheriff's office says the deputies did chase the gunman but were unable to catch him. Because they're the key witnesses, the deputies can't comment on the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Soucie at (919) 560-4440 ext. 29337, or CrimeStoppers. IHOP is offering a $2,500 reward in the case.