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Sources: A McDonald’s employee was shot in the neck after an argument over cold fries in Brooklyn

NEW YORK – A 23-year-old man is in critical condition after police say he was shot while working at a McDonald’s in Brooklyn.

The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Monday outside the restaurant on Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to some of the victim’s colleagues, who described him as a good guy and said they were nervous to return to work on Tuesday.

“That something could happen like this about something as simple as food, like it was madness,” said one person from the neighborhood.

“He was working, at work, did it happen at work? It’s a bit sad, because he’s trying to make a living,” another person added.

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 say, the woman called her 20-year-old son to “take care of the matter”. He then pulled out a gun and shot the employee in the neck.

The worker was rushed to Brookdale Hospital and the son was taken into custody.

“I am deeply concerned. My children have come to this McDonald’s over the years, and from time to time I have meetings at this McDonald’s,” Reverend Conrad Tillar said. “It’s sad. It shows that we are in a level of crisis in this city.”

“My daughter wants to work in fast food. She’s 17 and I’m scared of that stuff. It’s horrible,” Alison Mason said. “You might be mad and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t get my order right,’ but to shoot someone?”

Duddridge spoke with a man who works at another fast food joint. He said he was grateful his boss recently installed a glass barrier, but staff are still scared.

“One of our workers, he called me today, he doesn’t want to work anymore…because of this. They said they were scared,” said Habib Sayed. “That’s why I don’t want to work nights. I told my boss, if you want to pay me around $100 an hour, I’m not going to work, because it’s crazy.”

Police said there did not appear to be any prior connection between the employee and the suspect.

McDonald’s staff said there was security, but hours were recently reduced.

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-PISTA (74782)). You can also submit a tip through their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.



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