McDonald's employees shot over coronavirus restrictions, police say

Posted at 6:15 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 09:04:23-04

A 32-year-old woman allegedly opened fire on employees at a McDonald's restaurant in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night after police say she became angry when she was told she couldn't eat inside due to the coronavirus pandemic.

First, the customer allegedly got into a physical altercation with a female employee at the McDonald's that evening when she was informed that the restaurant's dining room was closed because of social-distancing restrictions imposed to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. At some point during the altercation, the female employee fell and hit her head, according to Capt. Larry Withrow of the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Then, after leaving the restaurant briefly, the customer allegedly returned with a handgun and fired multiple shots. One male employee was shot in the arm, while another male employee was hit in the neck and shoulder by what police described as bullet shrapnel. A third male employee suffered a wound in his side from bullet shrapnel, according to Withrow.

The suspect fled the restaurant on foot and was arrested a few blocks away within minutes of the shooting. The woman, whose name hasn't been released, is currently in police custody, Withrow told ABC News, adding that earlier reports indicating there were two suspects are erroneous.

Three of the injured employees were taken to a local hospital for treatment, while the fourth was treated at the scene. All injuries were non-life-threatening, Withrow said.

McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski said the two employees who were shot at one of the fast-food chain's locations in Oklahoma City are doing "OK" and will "have a full recovery."

"Obviously it's a heinous crime, particularly because these two people were trying to really support public health," Kempczinski told ABC News in an interview Thursday on "Good Morning America."

"I think what you're seeing in this situation is really what you're seeing in a variety of situations across the country, which is this tension about (re)opening," he added. "But there's absolutely no excuse for violence, particularly gun violence. So I'm just happy our people are going to be okay."

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Skitt began reopening the state on April 24, with restrictions lifted on barbershops, nail salons, spas, elective surgeries and state parks. The governor allowed movie theaters, gyms and restaurants to reopen May 1.

ABC News' Rayquan Taylor contributed to this report.