A report on Tuesday made by police implies that “An order of cold fries sent hot lead flying outside a McDonald’s in Brooklyn, with a critically-injured employee shot in the neck by a customer’s outraged son”.
The 23-year-old fast food employee was taking orders at about 7 p.m. on Monday inside the Bedford-Stuyvesant eatery when a 40-year-old customer while chatting on FaceTime with her son, complained that her French fries were cold.
According to the cops, the son was listening in as his mother argued with store employees and then appeared out of nowhere outside the McDonald’s and joined the escalating fast-food fracas by pulling a 9mm handgun and shooting the worker on Fulton St. near Throop Ave.
A street vendor who witness the incident said, “We were sitting here and we heard ‘pop!'” described the shooting victim who was bleeding from a bullet wound, lying on the concrete after the gunfire.
Authorities said, the victim was hit on the side of his neck, just above the jawline, and was listed in critical condition on Tuesday at Brookdale University Hospital.
The mother told police she heard the gunshot but did not see the shooting, sources said. A single shell casing was recovered at the scene.
“She must have been in shock because she was giving out all the information about what happened,” said the eyewitness vendor. “She admitted that she called her son.”
The 20-year-old suspect, who lives with his mother about four blocks away, was taken into custody for questioning at the 79th Precinct stationhouse. Charges against him were pending.
A police source said the NYPD had already been looking to speak with the suspect about a non-fatal Bedford-Stuyvesant shooting they believe he witnessed in May.
Another local businessman watched in horror as the victim was loaded into an ambulance, with the incident bringing back memories of his own son’s shooting.
“It was disturbing for me,” he said. “I took it personally.”
The bizarre incident was reminiscent of the fatal shooting of a Chinese food deliveryman this past April by a customer enraged over a lack of duck sauce with his order.