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A Customer At A Wendy's Drive-Thru Got The Wrong Sized Drink. So He Shot An Employee In The Shoulder.

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Feb. 9 2023, Updated 3:16 p.m. ET

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A 16-year-old boy was working the drive-thru at a Wendy’s restaurant in Massachusetts when he was shot in the shoulder after a customer got the wrong sized drink, officials said.

Around 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, police in Lynn responded to a shooting at Wendy’s and more than half-a-dozen police vehicles blocked off access to the restaurant, WCVB reported.

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The male employee, who was not identified by police, was shot at the drive-thru window and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. He is expected to recover from his injuries.

A 17-year-old employee was grazed by a bullet during the incident but did not require medical treatment, according to WCVB.

A friend of the older employee told police the alleged gunman opened fire after his order was filled wrong.

“He ordered a large, he got a small, he came back around and shot," the friend said, WCVB reported. "It's a neighborhood and it's a busy area, and there's kids walking by left and right. Can't do that, just can't do that."

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Video from the fast food restaurant showed what appeared to be two bullet holes through the drive-thru window as well as shattered glass.

Officers collected evidence at the scene and questioned people inside the Wendy’s restaurant for more than two hours.


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The owner of the Wendy’s franchise location where the incident occurred released a statement following the shooting.

"Our number one priority is the safety of our employees and customers," reads the statement obtained by WBTS. "We are deeply disturbed by this senseless act of violence, and we are grateful to the first responders who acted quickly in this situation. Thankfully, our crew member will recover. We will work with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation."

Police are still searching for the shooter.


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