NEW YORK — A 23-year-old man is in critical condition after police say he was shot while working at a McDonald’s in Brooklyn.
The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Monday outside the restaurant on Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to some of the victim’s colleagues, who described him as a good guy and said they were about to go back to work on Tuesday.
“That something like this could happen to something as simple as food is crazy,” said one local resident.
“He was at work, at work, did this happen at work? It’s a bit sad because he’s trying to make a living,” another person added.
It started when a customer, who according to sources told CBS2 was angry that her fries were cold, approached the employee and started arguing with him.
The argument moved outside and then, sources said, the woman called on her 20-year-old son to “solve the problem”. He then pulled out a gun and shot the employee in the neck.
The worker was rushed to Brookdale Hospital and the son was taken into custody.
“I am very concerned. My children have come to this McDonald’s over the years and from time to time I have meetings at this McDonald’s,” said Rev. Conrad Tillar. “It’s sad. It shows that we are in a crisis situation in this city.”
“My daughter wants to work in the fast food industry. She’s 17 and I’m afraid of that sort of thing. It’s terrible,” said Alison Mason. “You could be mad and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t get my order right,’ but to shoot someone?”
Duddridge spoke to a man who works at another fast food restaurant. He said he is grateful that his boss recently put up a glass barrier, but the staff is still afraid.
“One of our workers, he called me today, he doesn’t want to work anymore… because of this. They said they were scared,” said Habib Sayed. “That’s why I don’t want to work at night. I told my boss if you want to pay me 100 dollars an hour, I’m not going to work, because that’s crazy.”
Police said there was no previous connection between the employee and the suspect.
McDonald’s staff said there is security, but opening times have recently been scaled back.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at: 1-800-577 TIPS (8477)or for Spanish, 1-888-57-TRACK (74782). You can also submit a tip through their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All conversations are treated confidentially.