Shooting over closing dining room harms 3 McDonald’s employees
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Three teenage McDonald’s workers in Oklahoma City were shot and wounded when a customer opened fire because she was angry the restaurant’s dining room was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic , police said on Thursday.
Gloricia Woody, 32, was in police custody following Wednesday night’s shooting on four counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, Police Captain Larry Withrow said.
It was not known if Woody, whose name is spelled Glorica in prison records, had a lawyer, Withrow said.
“It’s absolutely the same person,” Withrow said, despite the different spellings of the first name.
Woody walked into the restaurant lobby and was told the dining room was closed for security reasons, Withrow said.
“(Woody) was asked to leave but refused,” resulting in a physical altercation between Woody and an 18-year-old employee, “according to Withrow.
“The suspect was forced out of the restaurant by employees. She entered the restaurant with a handgun and fired about three shots into the restaurant, ”Withrow said.
A 16-year-old employee was shot in the arm, another 16 was injured by shrapnel in the shoulder and an 18-year-old man was hit in the side by shrapnel. The employee who fought with Woody suffered a head injury during the altercation, police said.
Police initially said two employees were hit by gunfire.
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 concern 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 escalated into violence elsewhere in the country, including four indicted in the fatal shooting last week of a security guard who refused to let his daughter into a Family Dollar in Flint, Michigan, because she was not wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus.