A Florida Burger King employee was arrested Thursday after allegedly shooting her gun at a customer after an argument at the drive-thru window.
Shateasha Monique Hicks, 30, was charged with discharging a firearm in public, according to WTVJ.
A witness told police he saw Hicks and a man in a drive-thru vehicle engage in a verbal argument that ended when the man walked away from the window and walked away. parked, according to an arrest report.
Hicks got out, retrieved a gun from her car, and fired five shots at the client’s vehicle as it drove away. Hicks then got into her car and fled the scene.
Police said they later found Hicks’ car abandoned near her home. Investigators found a handgun on the floor of the car and five shell casings in Burger King’s parking lot.
Investigators have not found the man who was shot and do not know if he was injured.
WPLG said a relative of Hicks said the client squirted or threw mayonnaise in her face before the dispute escalated into gunfire.
“She was protecting herself,” the woman said. “I don’t blame her. Anyone could do it, but not me.
Another fast food customer at the time told WPLG that the man had “made funny faces” at Hicks from the road.
“That’s when he got here, and that triggered it,” said the client, who identified himself as Kevin.
The same customer told WSVN that it was “pretty crazy, actually”.
Hicks was released Friday on $1,000 bail and told reporters waiting outside the jail, “He threw something at me (at me), but I don’t want to talk.”
Hicks’ manager at Burger King told WSVN that Hicks came to work upset.
“She had a bad day,” Tierra Crittenden said. “I don’t know what happened between her and the client. I just know they were arguing; there were words exchanged.
Hicks’ uncle, Bobie Gardner, was also arrested when he allegedly accosted officers who were serving a search warrant after locating Hicks’ car. He was charged with resisting an officer and also bonded on Friday.
Managers of the restaurant said Hicks no longer worked there.
A Burger King spokesperson released a statement saying Hicks’ “unacceptable behavior does not align with our brand values of safety and security.” The spokesperson said the franchisee was cooperating with investigators and could not share further information.
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[Featured image: Shateasha Hicks/Miami-Dade Corrections]