Crime in New York: McDonald’s worker is shot in the neck during a dispute in Brooklyn

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

The employee argued, or attempted to intervene in a dispute, with a woman over food inside the restaurant around 7:00 pm Monday.

Authorities say the 40-year-old customer complained that his fries were cold to the victim who was working behind the counter.

As the argument escalated, he FaceTimed his 20-year-old son, who went to the restaurant to confront the worker.

Police say they saw the employee outside and pulled out a gun and shot the victim once.

He received a blow to the neck and was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

The woman’s 20-year-old son was detained at the scene and is being questioned.

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The victim does not appear to have any previous connection to the suspect or his mother.

The shooting bears similarities to several recent incidents of violence against fast food restaurant workers.

In May, a McDonald’s worker was stabbed multiple times while defending other employees from an unruly customer in East Harlem.

And in January, Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19, was fatally shot during an armed robbery inside a Burger King in East Harlem.

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

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

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