NEW YORK CITY (WPIX) – A McDonald’s worker was shot in the neck and critically wounded Monday evening in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, allegedly by the son of a customer who had argued with the victim worse than the French cold, according to police and sources.
The incident began when the 23-year-old employee and the customer had a verbal dispute related to their order at the McDonald’s on Fulton Street near Throop Avenue around 7 p.m., authorities said.
A police source told WPIX Nexstar that the customer claimed the fries were cold, and asked workers to prepare a new batch. The workers, however, refused, insisting that the fries the customer received were fresh, sources said. The employee then escorted the customer out of the restaurant, according to the source.
During the exchange, the woman was on a FaceTime call with her 20-year-old son, who rushed into McDonald’s, allegedly carrying a gun in the waistband of his pants, the source said. The son, whose name has not been released by police, then allegedly went behind the counter of the restaurant, destroyed property, engaged in a shoving match with at least one employee, and refused to leave, sources said.
Meanwhile, the worker involved in the initial dispute about the cold fries left the restaurant, encountered the woman outside, and got into another argument with her, this time over her son’s behavior inside the fast food restaurant, sources told WPIX.
During the dispute, the woman’s son finally left McDonald’s, saw the employee arguing with his mother, and allegedly got into a fistfight with him across the street from the restaurant, the source said. At some point, the customer’s son allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire, the source said.
Police said the victim was hit in the neck, by a single bullet. First responders rushed him to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Family members of the victims declined requests to comment on the record to WPIX.
The suspected gunman was taken into custody at the scene, officials said. No information on the charges has been released.
This story includes reporting from WPIX reporter Nicole Johnson.