Alabama father hailed a hero for shooting and killing armed gunman who opened fire inside a McDonald's outlet
The father and one of his sons were injured in the shootout and were taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
An Alabama father is being hailed as a hero after he managed to successfully intervene and stop an armed assailant, who opened fire at patrons inside a McDonald's in southwest Birmingham. The father was armed and managed to fire back at the attacker, shooting him fatally and preventing any further casualties in the incident.
According to the Daily Mail, the fast food outlet's manager had been unlocking the door of the restaurant at around 10:45 pm so that the father and his two teenage sons could leave when the gunman barged in and began shooting indiscriminately. Witnesses in and around the area said they heard more than a dozen shots ring out inside as he opened fire.
But the father quickly retaliates and shot the gunman, who later died from his injuries. The father and one of his sons were reportedly struck by the attacker's bullets and were taken to the hospital to be treated for what was described as non-life threatening injuries.
Markus Washington, an employee who works at the store, told WBRC that he ran and hid in the freezer as the attack went down, and that he heard more than 15 shots fired. He said he had been making quarter-pounders and heard three shots ring before there was an exchange of gunfire. "All we hear is like different gunfire, so in my mind, I’m imagining everybody is dead. He’s looking for us," he said.
Another witness who was at the drive-thru and had just ordered her food said she heard eight or nine shots ring out to AL. She said people began running from the restaurant, including children, and that she then heard two more shots being fired.
The website cited police scanner reports and speculated that the shooting may have been part of an attempted robbery but law enforcement has not confirmed that report. Birmingham police spokesman Sergeant Bryan Shelton said that one juvenile and two adults were injured, all of whom were transported to area hospitals. The shooter, who was one of the adults, would be later pronounced dead. The identities of neither the father nor the shooter are currently known.
"Things like this are difficult for both families. The gentleman who unfortunately lost his life, the teenage boy who is in the hospital recovering from his injuries and the father who is also recovering from his injuries," said Shelton. "'It's not easy being a father and watching your child get injured, get hurt like that. It's a really heart-wrenching experience. It's not easy being a father and watching your child get injured, get hurt like that. It's a really heart-wrenching experience."
"I’m feeling grateful," Washington said of surviving the ordeal. "He [the father] is my hero. Because I can only imagine how it would’ve went if he wasn’t armed. We might not be here having this interview."