Four employees at a McDonald’s near SW 89 and Pennsylvania Avenue were injured Wednesday, after a customer saw the lobby was closed because of the novel coronavirus, police said.
According to police, Gloricia Woody entered the restaurant and was told by employees the dining area was closed. After refusing to leave the 32-year-old woman got into a physical confrontation with a McDonald’s employee. Woody was forced out of the restaurant by employees.
Woody 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.
In 911 calls released by the police, the man who was shot in the arm pleaded for help as he described the incident.
“Someone came in and shot,” he told emergency dispatchers. “I got hit. Please I need help. Send help please.”
When dispatch asked if he knew the customer, the man told them no but that there had been argument when she wanted to come into the store and was told no.
“I don’t know them,” he said. “They were just a random customer.”
The three employees injured by gunfire were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
Woody was taken into custody without incident a few blocks south of the McDonald’s.
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