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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