BIRMINGHAM, AL (WIAT) – Police in Alabama are investigating a shooting at a McDonald’s that left a man dead and two people injured Saturday night after a masked man opened fire and a father inside the store shot back.
Officers responded to the restaurant around 10:45 p.m. on a call that multiple people had been shot. A masked man entered the restaurant when an employee was letting a father and his sons out the door.
The masked man then began to open fire into the restaurant and father shot back at the masked man, Birmingham police Sgt. Bryan Shelton said.
As a result of the gunfire, the father, son and masked man were struck. The father and son have do not have life-threatening injuries.
Birmingham police confirmed that the masked man died from his injuries.
Investigators are not clear whether the victim was robbing the store or targeting someone in the business.
Based on the preliminary information, the father won’t face any charges, Shelton said.
Birmingham police chief Patrick Smith said they’re following every lead.
“We have a lot of evidence, we have a lot of video evidence, and we have a number of different evidence scattered about so once we piece everything together, a lot to do, a lot of investigation to be done right now. so certainly a very unusual set of circumstances but we’re going to work our way through it,” said Chief Smith.
Councilwoman Sheila Tyson with District 6 said this happened in her district. She said she wants everyone to put their guns down but agrees this is a special case.
“I just see crime as wrong period, but to try to protect your son, I can totally understand that. I know that he wouldn’t want anything to happen to himself or his children, so he did everything he could to protect his family, but then you have someone else child shot and killed. It’s all bad but I totally get it,” said Tyson.