Police: 2 McDonald’s employees shot dead after dining room closed
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Two McDonald’s employees in Oklahoma City were shot and injured by a customer angry over the restaurant’s dining room being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, police said.
A suspect was in custody after Wednesday night’s shooting, but police have yet to reveal her name or any charges she may face. The woman entered the lobby of a McDonald’s in Oklahoma City and was told the dining room was closed for security reasons, police said.
The woman “got agitated and fired two or three shots at the employees,” Oklahoma City Police Captain Ronnie Beck said.
An employee was shot in the shoulder and another employee was shot in the arm, police said. A third employee sustained head injuries in the altercation, police said.
McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that employees need to make a full recovery.
The shooting comes amid tensions over restrictions over efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic, as well as how people are responding to ongoing efforts to reopen parts of the United States shut down by the virus.
“What you see in this situation is really what you see in various situations across the country, which is this tension about openness and people’s worry about it,” a- he declared. “But there is absolutely no excuse for violence, especially gun violence, so I’m just happy our people are doing well.”
Tensions have escalated into violence elsewhere in the country.
This week, a woman, her adult son and her husband were charged in the fatal shooting last week of a security guard who refused to let her daughter into a Family Dollar in Flint, Michigan, because she did not was not wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus.