McDonald’s Employee Accused of Firing Shots at Customer’s Car (video)

McDonald's Employee Accused of Firing Shots at Customer's Car

Incident Overview

A McDonald’s employee in Lakeland, identified as 22-year-old Chastity Gardner, allegedly fired a gun at a customer’s car during a dispute over an incorrect order.

The Altercation

The incident occurred at a McDonald’s drive-thru on 24 Boulevard East near Gilmore Avenue around 1 a.m. on a Friday. The customer, accompanied by friends, placed two separate orders, which were reportedly mixed up by Gardner.

Surveillance Footage

Surveillance video captured Gardner throwing a drink at the customers through the drive-thru window. The customers retaliated by throwing a cup with liquid back at Gardner. Gardner then retrieved a firearm from the employee area and exited the building.

Gunfire and Aftermath

The customers reported hearing two gunshots as they drove away and later discovered a bullet had hit the passenger side of their car. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Police Involvement

Lakeland police arrested Gardner, who claimed she fired warning shots in fear for her life. Gardner faces charges of weapon discharge without intent to kill.

Response from McDonald’s

Attempts to reach the McDonald’s location for comment were unsuccessful as the phone lines were busy.


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