A 23-year-old McDonald's worker is in hospital after being shot in the neck by a customer's son, in an incident that reportedly started over cold fries.
On Monday, Lisa Fulmore ordered some food through the McDonald's app on her phone and collected it from the Brooklyn restaurant in New York.
However, the fries were cold when Ms Fulmore picked them up.
After a dispute over the cold fries, when Ms Fulmore claims staff were laughing at her, she asked for the manager and called her son who came to the store and got into an altercation with the employee.
“He was like, ‘I’m coming in.’ So he came in. He heard them saying stuff to me, so he was like, ‘You all gotta back off my mother’," Ms Fulmore recalled to the New York Post, but she later regretted calling him.
After a confrontation, a physical altercation between Ms Fulmore's son and the McDonald's employee spilled out onto the street, NBC News reported.
It was then Ms Fulmore's 20-year-old son allegedly shot the employee in the neck.
The employee was taken to the hospital and remains in critical condition.
Son's haunting words after alleged shooting
Ms Fulmore witnessed her son fleeing the scene and she said she called 911 and waited. She also said she did not know if her son even shot the 23-year-old.
"My son is just saying that he gotta do what he gotta do and the [victim] came after him and whatever happened, happened,’’ Ms Fulmore said.
New York Daily News identified the victim as Matthew Webb. A street vendor who knew Mr Webb said he was "hardworking" and claimed he was just defending his co-workers.
Ms Fulmore's son is in custody and charges are pending.
The incident is being compared to the death of 19-year-old Kristal Bayron-Nieves, a Burger King employee who was shot and killed in January this year.
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