United States: in New York, a McDonald's waiter was shot and injured over cold fries

United States: in New York, a McDonald’s waiter was shot and injured over cold fries

A McDonald’s restaurant worker in New York was on the verge of life and death after being shot and injured in an argument between a young man and his mother over cold fries, police and a newspaper reported Wednesday. in the megalopolis.

In a city where gunshots are daily, this new tragedy happened Monday night in Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs of New York. The city police (NYPD) confirmed that a 20-year-old man was taken into custody and charged with “attempted murder” and “possession of a firearm”. His companion, aged 18, was also detained and charged with “possession of a firearm”.

According to a story by the NYPD and tabloid New York Post, a 23-year-old McDonald’s waiter was shot and critically wounded in the neck early Monday night and remains hospitalized in “critical condition.” It all started with a vulgar dispute between a 40-year-old woman and an employee over fries that she thought were cold, according to the newspaper citing police sources.

Suspect known to the police

Feeling teased by McDonald’s staff about the temperature of her fries, the client, who told the New York Post, then called her son via video. The latter entered the restaurant, fighting with the waiter before the two argued outside. The client’s son then brandished a weapon and shot the employee, said the police quoted by the daily.

The New York Post published a photo of the victim before the tragedy and another while he was lying on the sidewalk, clearly injured. The victim is unknown to the police and the justice system, unlike his attacker who has been arrested several times for various crimes and offenses.

The proliferation of guns 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 weapons, half of them by suicide according to the association Gun Violence Archive.

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

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