The NYPD on Wednesday (Aug. 3) charged a man with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a McDonald’s employee in the face in a dispute over cold fries in Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reported.
According to the police, Michael Morgan, 20, and his girlfriend, Camellia Dunlap, 18, went to the fast food restaurant on Monday (Aug. 2) after Morgan’s mother told him, via FaceTime, that she was having an argument with McDonald’s employees about the cold French fries.
Her son, with his girlfriend in tow, went to the Bedford-Stuyvesant restaurant. After Morgan arrived, the argument escalated and spilled outside, where he allegedly pulled a 9-mm handgun and shot Matthew Webb, 23, in the face.
Morgan’s mother, Lisa Fulmore, 40, defended her son’s actions to the New York Post. “I talked to my son with the cops. My son is just saying that he gotta do what he gotta do and the [victim] came after him and whatever happened, happened,” she said Tuesday (Aug. 2) before the police charged her son.
According to Fulmore, she complained to one of the McDonald’s employees that her fries were cold, so she asked the employee to give her another set of fries. About 10 seconds later, the female worker returned with what Fulmore assumed was a fresh batch of hot fries, and she walked out of the restaurant.
But it turned out that the new bag of fries was also cold, Fulmore stated.
She returned to the restaurant and asked the same employee, “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?”
Fulmore said the worker and other McDonald’s employees began to laugh at her. Webb mocked her about food in her teeth, Fulmore stated. When she demanded to speak with the manager, the workers told her their supervisor had stepped out, which sparked another round of laughter. That prompted Fulmore to call Morgan.
“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,” she recalled telling her son.
Fulmore said she urged her son not to come to the restaurant “because I don’t want you to get in trouble.”
When Morgan arrived, he heard the workers laughing at her, Fulmore said. He told Webb to come outside with him.
She said her son left the store, so she thought the dispute was over. But about 10 minutes later, Webb approached her and asked for Morgan. She told Webb that her son had left the restaurant and told the victim to mind his business. But Fulmore said the 23-year-old man “went looking for my son.”
About 10 minutes later, Fulmore said she heard a gunshot.
“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,” she told the Post.
Fulmore suggested to the newspaper that Webb was hiding a gun under his shirt, but the police told the Post that there was no indication Webb was carrying a weapon.
Still, Fulmore insisted that there was “no reason for him [Webb] to go outside looking for somebody. Whatever happened outside, you caused that to happen.”
The Daily News reported that Morgan has 13 prior arrests and Webb has no criminal record. Webb was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he is clinging to life in critical condition.