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A Burger King employee in Florida allegedly shot a customer after he threw mayonnaise in his face, police and local reports said.
Shateasha Hicks, 30, was arrested Thursday and charged with discharging a firearm in public after the incident at the Miami Gardens fast food joint.
Police said Hicks opened fire on a man after an argument at the drive-through window.
A relative of Hicks told NBC 6 that the customer she shot had sprayed or thrown mayonnaise in her face.
The customer left and parked in the Burger King parking lot, according to a witness.
Hicks then allegedly went to her car, grabbed a gun and fired five shots at the person’s vehicle as she drove away from her, according to an arrest report obtained by the outlet.
She got into her car and fled the scene, but was arrested after cops spotted her vehicle about a mile from her home, according to the report.
A gun was found on the floor of Hicks’ car and investigators recovered five shell casings in the Burger King parking lot, according to the report.
Hicks was released from the Miami-Dade County Jail Friday night after posting his $1,000 bond.
It is not clear if the client, who has not been located by authorities, was injured in the shooting.
Hicks’s aunt claimed that her niece was defending herself.
She “she was protecting herself. I don’t blame her. Everybody else could, but not me,” she told Local10.
A witness who identified himself as Kevin told the outlet that he was buying a hamburger at the time of the shooting and saw the victim “making faces” at Hicks.
“He was making faces at her through the car window, out here on the road, and that’s when she stopped here and it set her off,” she said.
A Burger King spokesman called the incident “unacceptable.”
“We are horrified to learn of the events that unfolded at this location. This unacceptable behavior does not align with our brand safety and security values,” the spokesperson said. “Our franchisee is cooperating with the local authorities. As this is still an ongoing investigation, we are unable to share additional details at this time.”