MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two Cordova men were taken into custody after a McDonald's employee said someone fired a gun at him because of a Sprite.
The incident happened early Saturday morning at the South Highland location.
According to employees, things quickly escalated after the two pulled into the drive thru facing the wrong way. They appear to have just ordered a meal and didn't get a Sprite that was ordered, so the driver pulled up to the window and one of the men began yelling at the employee.
Seeing what was going on, another employee told the driver that if he would turn his car around and go to the first drive thru window they would get the drink. He said one of the suspects didn't like that answer and continued to yell at him, saying "why don't your bring your a** out here."
The employee said he was walking outside to give them the drink, but before he could reach the car, one of the men yelled at him again.
"Step up to my car. I've got a gun permit," he said.
That's when the employee heard a gunshot and rushed back inside the business.
That employee says he was fired for going out to deal with the customers. He says going outside violated store policy but he didn’t know he was breaking the rules.
“I'm really feeling kind of messed up because they fired me for trying to deescalate the situation,” he says.
The suspects fled the scene, but not before a manager was able to get his license plate number. Police said the vehicle belonged to 19-year-old Kenterrio Horton of Cordova. He was also positively identified by the McDonald's employee as being involved in the incident.
Horton was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
While being questioned by police, Horton stated that the other man inside the car was Tyquan Hall. He said Hall was the one who fired the weapon.
Police said Hall admitted to firing the gun in the drive thru and stated that Horton was in the passenger seat.
He was also charged with aggravated assault.
We reached out to McDonald's for comment but have not heard back.