A dispute between a McDonald’s employee and his manager turned violent when the worker allegedly shot his supervisor on Friday afternoon, police said.
Authorities received a call around 4:14 p.m. reporting that a person had been shot at the Atlanta fast food restaurant, according to local television station WXIA-TV.
Police later learned that the victim was the restaurant manager, who had previously argued with one of his employees. Details of the argument are not publicly known, but the manager eventually told the employee to leave, WXIA reported.
The manager has been identified as Elizabeth Williams, according to local news channel WSB-TV. The employee has not yet been identified.
When the employee later returned to confront Williams, the argument then escalated. He allegedly pulled out a gun and shot her several times before fleeing, according to the news station.
Williams was taken to a local hospital where she was in critical condition. Further details about the shooting, including what sparked the argument, have yet to be released by police.
The shooting remains under investigation, according to WXIA. As of Friday evening, the alleged shooter had not been arrested.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said in a statement to Newsweek Saturday morning the company is cooperating with the police in their investigation.
“Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers in our restaurants,” the statement said. “We are deeply troubled by this incident and our thoughts are with our employee at this time.”
Colnith Brown, director of human resources for Sunshine and Sunrise McDonald’s, the franchise that owns the location, said Williams had worked at the restaurant for three years in an interview with WSB-TV. He described her as an “incredible leader” who is “much loved by her team and her community”, and said she was doing well.
He said Williams had a good relationship with the employee before the incident.
Other fast food shootings
The shooting marks the latest act of violence at fast food restaurants across the country. A man was shot multiple times at a McDonald’s drive-thru Thursday night in Louisville, Kentucky. He is expected to survive the shooting, according to local news station WAVE.
On May 13, McDonald’s employee Britrain Marcelus Gray, 23, was fatally shot at a drive-thru in Maryland. Police do not believe the shooting was random and that Gray was the target.
A fight in a Santa Rosa, Calif., drive-in Taco Bell last month ended in a man being shot. Two men were waiting for their food when they argued. The alleged shooter, Brad James Adams, 27, got out of his car and shot the victim multiple times. The victim was shot in the right arm and is recovering from his injuries.
In April, an employee at a Texas Jack in the Box was shot dead over an argument over a dipping sauce when the customer became angry after learning he would be charged for extra buttermilk sauce.
Update 06/04/2022 3:01 PM ET: This story has been updated with additional information.