MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A father of nine is counting his blessings after he and his family were caught in a drive-by shooting, and escaped.
The incident happened Sunday September, 15 at a McDonald’s Restaurant in the Tillman’s Corner area.
“All of a sudden there was gunfire; and when I realized it was gunfire, I wanted my family to get on the floor and be safe,” said Jeff Brown.
Brown said his 7-year-old son Garrett had just been baptized at the First Baptist Church of Tillman’s Corner nearby.
He said he took his wife and five of their children to eat at the restaurant following the ceremony.
While inside, Brown said dozens of shots suddenly rang out in the parking lot.
“Everyone was yelling and running,” recalled one witness who asked to remain anonymous.
Mobile Police believe the drive-by shooting began after an argument in the drive-thru line between two strangers.
Authorities said three men in a dark colored Cadillac made threats and ultimately opened fire.
Brown said he and his wife immediately got 4 of their kids to hide under tables when the bullets came crashing into the restaurant.
He then headed for the bathroom, where Garrett had entered alone minutes before the shooting.
“While they were shooting he stepped back out and I told him to get back in the restroom,” said Brown. “When I went in the restroom he was just snuggled up in a corner on his knees.”
Brown said his 7-year-old was praying and asking God for protection.
Brown said while he was trying to reach the bathroom a bullet hit his leather belt.
He said it ultimately deflected the bullet and left him unharmed.
Police, however,told FOX10 one customer was shot in the lower leg but is expected to be just fine.
Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact Mobile Police.
Two children were almost hit by a bullet when the car they were riding in was caught in crossfire on Coy Smith Highway. Six-year-old Trevor Edmonds told FOX10 News he was almost hit in the head.
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