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A North Carolina Man Got Incorrect Change in a Taco Bell Drive-Thru. So, He Shot Up the Fast-Food Restaurant, Cops Say.

North Carolina Man Accused of Shooting at Taco Bell Restaurant
Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; Unsplash

Man didn't get the correct change, so he proceeded to fire shots into the Taco Bell restaurant.

Oct. 4 2023, Published 1:06 p.m. ET

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A 67-year-old North Carolina man allegedly received the wrong change at a Taco Bell and opened fire at the restaurant, seriously injuring an employee, according to authorities.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 30, officers responded to the shooting at the fast food restaurant in Charlotte, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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According to CMPD and eyewitnesses, the incident began when the suspect, identified as Doll McLendon, believed he was given the wrong amount of change in the drive-thru after ordering food.

He then left the drive-thru and went inside the Taco Bell.

Shortly afterwards, police said, McLendon left the restaurant and allegedly started shooting into the establishment from outside.

CMPD said one of the employees, a 54-year-old man, was shot multiple times. He was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

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Using witness statements and security footage collected from the scene, officers obtained a description of the vehicle. McLendon’s car was later located and the suspect was taken into custody outside his home.

McLendon was charged with attempted murder and discharging a weapon in occupied property, officials said.

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At a news conference, CMPD Maj. Torri Tellis advised anyone in a similar situation to defuse the situation rather than act on impulse.

Tellis said to “take a deep breath, take a step back…and have a genuine conversation with somebody, as opposed to being in your feelings or being upset with whatever you have going on,” WSOC-TV reported.


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