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'Ellie is the brightest light': Nick Lachey wants 'justice' for employee who was shot

Nick Lachey is asking his fans to help an employee of his sports bar who was shot in the face on Thanksgiving morning.
/ Source: TODAY

Nick Lachey took to Twitter to ask his fans for help after the manager at his Cincinnati sports bar was shot in the face on Thanksgiving morning.

The 98 Degrees singer made his plea after 27-year-old Ellie Richardson, a mother of a young son, was shot by the driver of a van outside Lachey's Bar after her shift ended at 3 a.m.

TV personality Nick Lachey attends NBC Universal's 2012 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.Getty Images

Cincinnati police told the city's WKRC News that the shooting happened after the two exchanged words when the van nearly hit her.

Lachey, who opened the bar with brother Drew in 2015, asked his Twitter followers on Friday to help "find justice" for Richardson by contacting the police with any information about the van or its driver.

Her employer returned to Twitter a day later to ask the public to contribute to a YouCaring fund to help the family with medical bills.

Richardson was being treated at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and was expected to survive, according to the WKRC report.