Checkers employee shoots customer who complained about wing order, manager says

Bullet holes can be seen in the walk-up window of a Checkers restaurant on Candler Road after a shooting early Wednesday.
Bullet holes can be seen in the walk-up window of a Checkers restaurant on Candler Road after a shooting early Wednesday.

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Gunfire erupted at a DeKalb County fast-food restaurant overnight when a customer complained about his chicken wing order.

Chicken was thrown, then shots were fired at the Checkers on Candler Road in the Panthersville neighborhood, the restaurant’s manager told Channel 2 Action News. The customer, a man in his late 30s, was shot once in the upper body.

It all started when two men ordered at the walk-up window just before midnight Tuesday, received their food and claimed their order was incorrect, the manager said. The men reportedly started shouting.

DeKalb County police investigated the shooting overnight at a Checkers restaurant on Candler Road.
DeKalb County police investigated the shooting overnight at a Checkers restaurant on Candler Road.

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

While they worked to make the correct chicken wings, employees closed the window on the fuming men. According to the manager, one man threw his food at an employee, and the employee responded by pulling out a gun and shooting him.

The employee was promptly fired, the manager told Channel 2. He was identified by police as 24-year-old Johnte Robinson.

The victim was taken to a hospital for his injury, which police do not consider life-threatening.

Robinson was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault and is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.

Johnte Robinson
Johnte Robinson

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

DeKalb police are investigating the incident, according to spokeswoman Michaela Vincent. She confirmed Robinson was a Checkers employee.

“Investigators believe the shooting is the result of a dispute over an incorrect order,” Vincent said in an email.

Discarded chicken is left on the counter after a Checkers employee allegedly shot an angry customer at the Candler Road location, a manager told Channel 2 Action News. 
Discarded chicken is left on the counter after a Checkers employee allegedly shot an angry customer at the Candler Road location, a manager told Channel 2 Action News. 

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Bullet holes and shattered glass could be seen at the walk-up window Wednesday morning. Discarded chicken, presumably from the same order that caused the dispute, was still on the counter.

Read the full story from Channel 2 Action News here.

Police are investigating

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