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.
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.
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.
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.
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