‘Please help Ellie:’ Young mom, employee of singer Nick Lachey shot inside sports bar while suspect remains on the loose

Pop music star Nick Lachey is asking for the public’s help to find the person who shot a young mother who works at his Cincinnati sports bar, ABC News reports.

The victim, 27-year-old Elizabeth Richardson, was walking near the bar Lachey’s on Thursday morning when the shooter reportedly yelled at her while in a van.

When Richardson approached the van, she was shot in the face, according to Cincinnati Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Saunders. Richardson, who recently became engaged and is the mother of a 3-year-old son, is in the hospital and being treated for serious injuries.

“Ellie sustained injuries to her face and jaw,” reads a website seeking donations to help cover her medical expenses. “She’s in stable condition, but it’s still unclear how long she’ll be in the hospital and what her recovery process will entail. Funds from this campaign will go toward her medical expenses and help support her and her family until she’s back on her feet.”

Lachey on Saturday tweeted a link to the donation site, writing: “Please help Ellie and her family get through this most difficult time. Thank you!!”

One day earlier, Lachey tweeted: “Ellie is the brightest light and she will find a way to shine through this darkness. Anyone with any information, help us find some justice.”

Lachey opened the bar in 2015 with his brother Drew Lachey, both of whom were in the band 98 Degrees. Drew Lachey also spread the word about the attack, tweeting on Saturday.

“As some of you may have heard, Ellie was the victim of a vicious assault. If u have any info about it please contact the authorities or u can help her on her recovery by donating. Thank you and please keep her in your prayers.”

Drew’s wife Lea added, “Please send prayers for our sweet Ellie.”

The suspect is a man in his 20s who has gold-rimmed glasses and a light beard. He was driving a van at the time of the shooting.

To report information about the case, call Crime Stoppers at 514-352-3040.

[Feature Photo: Elizabeth Richardson/YouCaring]