OKLAHOMA CITY – Four employees at a McDonald’s in Oklahoma City were injured Wednesday, after a customer saw the lobby was closed because of the novel coronavirus, police said.
According to police, a woman entered the restaurant and was told by employees the dining area was closed. After refusing to leave, the woman got into a physical confrontation with a McDonald’s employee.
The woman left the store but returned with a handgun. Police said she fired approximately three rounds in the restaurant, hitting one employee in the arm. Two other employees were hit with shrapnel.
The three employees injured by gunfire were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
The woman was taken into custody without incident a few blocks south of the McDonald’s.
The suspect’s name is expected to be released later Thursday.
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McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the employees were expected to make a full recovery.
The shooting comes amid tensions over restrictions because of efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic, as well as how people are responding to ongoing efforts to reopen portions of the United States shut down by the virus.
“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 opening and people’s concern about it,” he said. “But there’s absolutely no excuse for violence, particularly gun violence, so I’m just happy that our people are going to be OK.”
Tensions have escalated into violence elsewhere in the country.
This week, a woman, her adult son and husband were charged in last week’s fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Flint, Michigan, because she wasn’t wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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