A man accused of shooting a Brooklyn McDonald’s employee Monday over cold fries was charged with attempted murder Tuesday, authorities said.
Michael Morgan, 20, and his girlfriend, Camellia Dunlap, 18, are both facing charges related to the shooting, according to a report.
Morgan was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and attempted murder, and Dunlap was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said.
Morgan’s mother detailed the events that led to the shooting of the 23-year-old victim, which began with a mobile order that included fries, according to a report.
“The fries were cold,” Lisa Fulmore, 40, said, according to the report. “I asked the girl to change the french fries because the fries was cold. She went to the french fry machine for maybe 10 seconds and brought back fries, so I thought they was new fries, so I had left.”
“So I taste the fries, and after I got to the third one, it was a cold fry still. So, I went back to take the food back.”
Fulmore confronted the employee about the cold fries, and things began to take a turn for the worse.
“I asked her, ‘Why would you give me the same fries and just put one or two on top to make me think that you gave me new fries?’ She started laughing, and all of them started laughing, acting like it’s funny,” the mother said.
“I was like, ‘What’s funny? I paid for food, and I should get what I asked for.’ They laughed at me.”
The workers began to mistreat her, Fulmore said.
“One of them was like, ‘All of this over fries?’ So now I’m arguing with them back and forth. The boy where they cook the food at was like, ‘You got all this food in your teeth,'” Fulmore said.
That male employee would end up as the eventual victim, the report noted.
“So, I said, ‘You wanna take it out? You’re saying I got all this food in my teeth, you wanna take it out?'” Fulmore said.
She asked to speak with the manager, but the employees continued to laugh at her, according to the report.
“Everybody started laughing again,” Fulmore said. “This is when I was on the phone with my son. I was like, ‘They in this McDonald’s playing with me.’ I was like, ‘I got kids their age, I’m not going to sit here and keep arguing with these little kids.'”
Morgan told his mother he was on his way, she said.
“I was like, ‘All right,'” Fulmore said. “Then I told him, ‘No, don’t come to McDonald’s because I don’t want you to get in trouble.'”
It was too late, and Morgan was already in the fast-food restaurant, according to the report.
“He was like, ‘I’m coming in,'” Fulmore said. “So, he came in. He heard them saying stuff to me, so he was like, ‘You all gotta back off my mother.'”
He asked the male worker who spoke to his mother to step outside, according to the report.
Nothing happened immediately, but after about 15 minutes, the male employee asked Fulmore where her son had gone.
“He went looking for my son,” she said. “The next thing you know, maybe like 10 minutes later, you hear a gunshot. So, I ran to the door. I said, ‘Who’s shooting?'”
“I looked, and I seen a boy on the ground, and then I saw my son running the other way. I called 911, and then I sat there and waited.”
The victim had changed into a baggy shirt and might have had something under the shirt when he went looking for her son, Fulmore said.
“There was no reason for him to go outside looking for somebody,” she said, referring to the victim.
“Whatever happened outside, you caused that to happen.”
The victim does not have a history of prior arrests, but Morgan does, authorities said.