Violent Outburst Comes as COVID-19 Creates Tensions
Shots rang out last week at a McDonald’s, shattering an already tension plagued Oklahoma City with the air already filled with an uneasiness over the coronavirus disease.
The gunshots came as Oklahomans continue to wrangle over whether we’re reopening economically too soon.
In Oklahoma, deaths caused by the virus continue to rack up even as more positive carriers are reported.
Four workers at the McDonald’s near SW 89th Street and S. Pennsylvania Avenue were injured after a customer saw the lobby was closed due to the virus, police reported.
Gloricia Woody entered the restaurant and was told the dining area was closed, police said.
But she refused to leave, then confronted a restaurant worker, police said.
The 32-year-old Miss Woody was forced out of the fast-food restaurant, according to police.
Well, she left, police reported, but she returned brandishing a handgun.
Police believe she fired maybe three shots in the McDonald’s, and one worker was hit in the arm and two others were hit with shrapnel.
Those injured workers were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The alleged shooter was taken into custody without incident several blocks south of the restaurant.
No bond has been set for the suspected gunman.
She was arrested on four complaints of assault with a deadly weapon.
The worker shot in the arm can be heard on a 911 call pleading for help.
“Someone came in and shot,” he told emergency dispatchers. “I got hit.! Please, I need help! Send help, please!”
When a dispatcher asked if he knew the assailant, the worker answered he did not, but there had been an argument after the alleged assailant said she wanted to come inside the restaurant and was told she could not.
Another McDonald’s employee described the situation in her 911 call for help.
“She didn’t want to leave and my manager was trying to get her out and she was arguing with her, and she then got out and then the lady pulled out a gun and she started shooting up McDonald’s and all the workers just ran,” the worker told emergency dispatch.
“I just saw her shooting, and, I swear, I thought she was going to shoot me.”
In a Thursday interview on “Good Morning America,” McDonald’s president Chris Kempczinski called the shooting a “heinous crime,” because the workers were supporting public health.
“I think what you’re seeing in this situation is really what you’re seeing in a variety of situations across the country, which is this tension about opening and people’s concern about it,” the McDonald’s chief executive said. “But there is absolutely no excuse for violence, particularly gun violence.
“So, I’m just happy our people are going to be O.K.”