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NYC crime: McDonald’s employee shot in the neck during Brooklyn dispute

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

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

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

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

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

He was punched in the neck and 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 bears similarities to several recent incidents of violence against fast food workers.

In May, a McDonald’s employee was stabbed several times while defending other employees from an unruly East Harlem client.

And in January, Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19 was shot and killed in an armed robbery at a Burger King in East Harlem.

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

“Let’s all be nicer to each other,” Lilo Mitchell said.

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