Police: Shooting at McDonald’s not related to Taco Bell shooting yards away

Credit: John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com

Credit: John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com

About 200 yards from a shooting investigation in a Taco Bell parking lot, gunfire rang out at another South Fulton fast-food restaurant before dawn Wednesday.

The shooting at a McDonald’s on Fulton Industrial Boulevard was not related to the shooting at Taco Bell on Camp Fulton Way, which occurred hours earlier and injured two teenagers, according to South Fulton police.

Investigators were still collecting evidence at the Taco Bell scene when the shots were fired about 3:15 a.m. at McDonald’s, which is open 24 hours. According to police spokesperson Lt. Jubal Rogers, a customer had a dispute with an employee and fired a weapon into the drive-thru window. No injuries were reported, he said.

Three bullet holes could be seen in one shattered window, and a glass door was completely broken out.

Just down the road and across the street, separated by a Zaxby’s and a car wash, two 16-year-old victims were injured shortly after midnight when bullets started flying at Taco Bell. Rogers said the shooting was the result of a dispute involving the teenagers and others outside the restaurant but provided no further details.

Jalen Jackson and his fiancée were parked and waiting for their food when he said a man wearing a Taco Bell uniform came outside with a rifle. The couple were talking to a manager about problems with their order when the man started shooting toward another vehicle, he said.

“By the time the manager even got the last few words out, the dude was coming out the door with an assault rifle,” Jackson told reporters from the scene Wednesday.

Credit: John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com

Credit: John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com

He said he and his fiancée huddled together until the shooting stopped, and they were ushered into the restaurant’s bathroom by the manager and another Taco Bell employee to wait for police. Jackson counted as many as 40 shell casings in the parking lot.

The hood of his car was also riddled with bullet holes.

Police have not identified a suspect in the Taco Bell incident or confirmed if an employee was involved. No arrests have been made in either of the fast-food shootings, and both remain under investigation Wednesday.

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