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