Crime in NYC: McDonald’s worker shot within the neck throughout dispute in Brooklyn

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WABC) – A 23-year-old McDonald’s employee was shot in the neck during a food dispute in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Staff argued – or attempted to intervene in a dispute – with a woman over food inside the diner around 7 p.m. Monday.

Officials say the 40-year-old customer complained her fries were cold to the victim who was working behind the counter.

As the argument escalated, she called her 20-year-old son on FaceTime, who went to the restaurant to confront the worker himself.

Police say he saw the employee outside and pulled out a shotgun and shot the victim once.

He was stabbed in the neck and had to be rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he is in critical condition.

The woman’s 20-year-old son was taken into custody at the scene and is being questioned.

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The victim does not appear to have any prior connection to the suspect or his mother.

The shooting has similarities with several recent incidents of violence against fast-food restaurant employees.

In May, a McDonald’s worker stabbed multiple times while protecting another employee from an unruly client in East Harlem.

And in January, Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19 years old was shot dead during an armed robbery inside a Burger King in East Harlem.

At least one Eyewitness News resident spoke to said customers often take fast food workers for granted and need to do better.

Lilo Mitchell said: “Let’s all be kinder to each other.

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