New York A 23-year-old man is in critical condition after police said he was shot while working at McDonald’s in Brooklyn.
The shooting took place at about 7 p.m. Monday outside the restaurant on Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
CBS2’s Natalie Doddridge 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.
“Something like that can happen to something as simple as food, like this crazy,” said one of the people in the neighborhood.
Another person added, “He was working, at work, this happened at work? It’s kind of sad, because he’s trying to make a living.”
It all started when a female customer told CBS2 that she was angry that her fries were cold, approached the worker and started arguing with him.
The sources said the dispute moved abroad, when the woman called her 20-year-old son to “take care of the problem”. Then he pulled out a pistol and shot the employee in the neck.
The worker was taken to Brookdale Hospital, and the son was taken into custody.
“I am very concerned,” said Reverend Konrad Teilhard. “My children have come to this McDonald’s over the years, and from time to time I have meetings at this McDonald’s.” “It’s sad. It shows that we are at the crisis level in this city.”
Alison Mason said, “My daughter wants to work in fast food. She’s 17, and I’m afraid of things like that. It’s horrible.” “You could be angry and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t get my order right, but to shoot someone? ”
Dodridge spoke with a man who works at another fast food restaurant. He said he is grateful to his boss for the recent installation of a glass partition, but the employees are still afraid.
Habib al-Sayed said, “One of our workers called me today, he doesn’t want to work anymore…because of this. They said they were afraid.” “That’s why I don’t want to work at night. I told my boss, if you want to pay me like $100 an hour, I won’t go to work, because he’s crazy.”
Police said there did not appear to be any prior connection between the employee and the suspect.
Staff at McDonald’s said there was security, but hours were recently scaled back.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the NYPD Crime Stop Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also send a tip via their website or via a DM on Twitter, Tweet embed. All calls are kept confidential.