MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Witnesses said the McDonald’s on Highway 90 in Tillman’s Corner was a sight of chaos and terror Sunday night when rapid-fire shots rang out around 8 p.m.
One witness, who only wanted to be identified by his first name Jonathan, said he saw the bullets break through the glass window and door while he was waiting in line to order.
"I was just sitting there looking at the door that the bullets came through, and I saw the glass shatter and the guy standing next to me. I saw him fall down on the ground, and everyone in there, the women and children, were panicking and screaming,” Jonathan recalled.
Witness Joseph Richburg said he was picking up his food in the drive-thru window when he heard the shots.
"I made my order and I pulled up to the drive-thru pay and I handed the lady at the window my money. And as soon as I handed her my money, there's shots, pop, pop, pop, pop, and I heard glass shattering, people screaming, and the people at McDonald’s were trying to crawl out of the drive through window,” said Richburg.
Officials said it all started at the drive-thru, when the victim and the shooters got in an argument while they were waiting in line.
"One of our victims believes he knows one of the people in the car, and he goes up to them joking around, and I guess he realizes that he doesn't know who they were, and some bit of an altercation ensued,” explained Cpl. Chris Levy with the Mobile Police Department.
That's when witnesses said the shooters threatened the victim and told him they'd be right back.
The victim went inside for his food, and minutes later, witnesses say the three men returned in a black Cadillac and fired several shots into the building where they saw the man from earlier waiting in line.
The victim who was involved in the drive-thru argument was sent to the hospital with a bullet wound to the lower leg.
He was the only one injured.
"There was actually a second person who was very fortunate because a bullet that entered the building hit them on their belt buckle but they were not injured at all because of that belt buckle," said Levy.
"One day you're here and the next day you could be gone,” said Jonathan. “We were all blessed. There was definitely angels inside that restaurant last night.”
Those three men involved in the shooting are still at large.
If you have any information on the shooting, call Mobile Police at 251.208.1700.
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