NEW YORK – A 23-year-old man is in critical condition after police say he was shot on the job at a McDonald’s in Brooklyn.
The shooting happened around 7 pm Monday outside the restaurant on Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke with several of the victim’s co-workers, who described him as a good man and said they were on the verge of returning to work Tuesday.
“That something like that could happen over something as simple as food, like crazy,” said one person in the neighborhood.
“He was at work, at work, this happened at work? It’s kind of sad, because he’s trying to make a living,” said another.
It started when a customer, who sources told CBS2 was angry that his fries were cold, approached the worker and started arguing with him.
The argument moved outside and that’s when, sources said, the woman called her 20-year-old son to “take care of the problem.” He then pulled out a gun 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. My children have come to this McDonald’s over the years, and from time to time I have meetings in this McDonald’s,” said Rev. Conrad Tiller. “It’s sad. It shows that we are in a crisis level in this city.”
“My daughter wants to work in fast food. She’s 17, and I’m afraid of things like that. It’s terrible,” said Alison Mason. “You could get angry and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t get my order right,’ but shoot somebody?”
Duddridge spoke to a man who works at another fast food outlet. He said he’s grateful his manager recently installed a glass barrier, but the staff is still scared.
“One of our workers, he called me today, he does not want to work anymore … because of this. They said they are 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 like $ 100 an hour, I’m not going to work, because it’s crazy .”
Police said there did not appear to be any previous connection between the employee and the suspect.
Staff at the McDonald’s said there is security, but the hours have recently been postponed.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)or for Spanish, 1-888-57-TRACK(74782). You can also enter a tip through their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.