Jackson Co. McDonald's employee shot by customer


By Joe Johnson

A dispute at the drive-thru window of a Jackson County McDonald’s Thursday night resulted in a customer spitting on one employee and shooting another.

According to the Jefferson Police Department, officers responded at 9:11 p.m. to the fast-food restaurant located at 4875 U.S. Highway 129 North on a report of an employee being shot by a customer.

Officers were told that a black male argued about his order with an employee at the pick-up window, and the customer was said to have spit on the employee through the window, according to police.

The employee confronted the customer outside where, police said, the argument continued, and as the customer drove away, he fired one shot towards the employee.

“The bullet actually hit a second employee who had gone outside with the first employee to try to defuse the situation,” according to police.

That employee was transported to the hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury, police said.

Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman said further details, including a description of the suspect’s vehicle were being withheld to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Police asked for anyone with information about the incident to contact Sgt. Berry Sossoman at (706) 367-5231, ext. 2536.

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