United States: in New York a McDonald’s waiter was shot for cold fries

The suspect, a 20-year-old man, is in custody and being prosecuted for “attempted murder” and “possession of a firearm”, city police said on Wednesday.

An employee of a McDonald’s restaurant in New York is on the verge of life and death after being shot and wounded in an altercation with a young man and his mother over cold fries, police and a newspaper reported on Wednesday. the megalopolis.

In a city where gunshots are daily, this new drama occurred Monday night in Brooklyn, one of New York’s five boroughs. City police (NYPD) have confirmed that a 20-year-old man is in custody and being charged with “attempted murder” and “possession of a firearm”.

His companion, aged 18, is also detained and prosecuted for “possession of a firearm”.

Victim hospitalized in “critical condition”

According to the NYPD and New York Post tabloid account, A 23-year-old young man, a waiter at McDonald’s, was seriously injured by a bullet in the neck early Monday evening and remains hospitalized in “critical condition”.

It all started with a vulgar argument between a 40-year-old woman and the employee about fries that she considered served cold, according to the newspaper citing police sources.

Feeling ridiculed by McDonald’s staff about the temperature of her fries, the customer, who confided in the New York Post, then calls his son by video. The latter bursts into the restaurant, clashes with the waiter before the two go to argue outside. The client’s son then brandished a firearm and shot the employee, according to the police quoted by the daily.

The proliferation of firearms in major cities across the United States is a scourge: there are nearly 400 million in the hands of the civilian population, or 120 guns for every 100 people, according to the Small Arms Survey group, and more than 45,000 people were killed in 2020 by these firearms, half of them by suicide according to the association Gun Violence Archive.

In New York, the number of victims (dead and injured) by shootings stood at 988 between January 1 and July 31, 2022 against 1,051 on the same date of 2021, according to weekly statistics from the NYPD.

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