St Louis: ‘KFC customer shoots employee because he ran out of corn’
A KFC customer shot a worker after reportedly becoming angry that the fried chicken fast food restaurant was out of corn.
The gunman, believed to be between 40 and 50, shot a 25-year-old employee whom his brother identified as Deon Thomas. KSDK reported.
Employees at the drive-thru at 5020 Delmar Blvd told the suspect they were out of corn Monday night, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. The suspect then threatened workers through the loudspeaker box and stopped at the window with a gun, police said KDSK.
One of the workers went outside and re-entered the KFC minutes later, saying he had been shot, police said.
‘It’s crazy. It’s ridiculous,” Deon’s brother, Norman Thomas, told the TV station.
“It just happened all of a sudden, as far as I understand.”
After walking forward and allegedly shooting Deon from the side, the suspect jumped back into a car and drove off, colleagues told police.
A KFC boss has taken Deon to a hospital, where his brother says he underwent surgery and is recovering.
“It’s really sick. I can’t understand what is going on with these people these days. That he wants to shoot him for corn. What? Really?’ said the brother.
Deon was shot two weeks before his birthday. He started working at KFC as a cook and was promoted to assistant manager, Norman said.
“He loves it,” his brother said. That’s why he worked his way up. He didn’t want to go anywhere else. He wanted to work there.’
The suspect remains on the run, which Norman hopes to change soon.
“They’ve got to get him,” Norman said. “It’s a blessing that my little brother is still alive.”
The KFC shooting happened several months after a McDonald’s employee was in Brooklyn, New York shot and seriously injured during a fight over cold fries. A 40-year-old woman reportedly complained to her 20-year-old son about the fries on FaceTime. Her son allegedly got into an argument with an employee who went outside and shot the employee in the neck.
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