Alabama McDonald’s Gunman Killed By Armed Dad, Who Is Injured In Shootout

A brave dad armed with a pistol stopped what could have been a mass shooting inside an Alabama McDonald’s. READ MORE



Last Saturday  the unidentified father was leaving the establishment with his sons when a masked man walked into the Birmingham fast-food restaurant and started shooting, WBRC-TV reported. The father returned fire and, during the ensuing shootout, the gunman, the father and one of the man’s teenage sons were struck, according to the station.

The gunman, who was not identified, later died of his injuries. The other two injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Markus Washington, one of the McDonald’s employees, told WBRC-TV he was making two quarter-pounders when bullets started to fly. Washington said he ran into the freezer, where he heard about 15 shots fired. “I’m feeling grateful,” he told the station. “Wrapping my head around it all, I was just wishing someone would come wake me up from this nightmare.”

Washington feared the worst as the shootout unfolded outside the freezer door.

“All we hear is like different gunfire, so in my mind, I’m imagining everybody is dead. He’s looking for us,” he said. Washington added he was thankful the armed customer was there. “He’s my hero. Because I can only imagine how it would’ve went if he wasn’t armed. We might not be here having this interview,” Washington said.

The father is not expected to face charges, police said.

Authorities are now working to determine if the gunman intended to rob the restaurant, was targeting an employee or planned something more nefarious.

“Things like this are difficult for both families. The gentleman who unfortunately lost his life, the teenage boy who is in the hospital recovering from his injuries and the father who is also recovering from his injuries,” Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Shelton said, according to WVTM-13. “It’s not easy being a father and watching your child get injured, get hurt like that. It’s a really heartwrenching experience.”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Interestingly enough, here’s a short excerpt from a 2013 Business Insider story regarding McDonald’s policy on concealed carry. Following an announcement from Starbucks denouncing and disallowing legal concealed carry, both McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts supported “adhering to local, state, and federal laws.”

McDonald’s spokeswoman Lisa McComb gave Business Insider this statement:
“We recognize that there is a lot of emotion and passion surrounding the issue of firearms and open carry weapons laws.

While we respect the differing views of all our customers, McDonald’s company-owned restaurants follow local, state and federal laws as it relates to open carry weapons in our restaurants.

For franchisee-owned restaurants, operational decisions regarding open carry weapon laws are made by the independent franchisee.

That said, as with all aspects of operating a McDonald’s restaurant, we expect our franchisees and their crew to follow local, state and federal laws.”

In contrast, Starbucks issued a statement that said:
Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called “Starbucks Appreciation Days” that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of “open carry.” To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores. Some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction, including soliciting and confronting our customers and partners. For these reasons, today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas — even in states where “open carry” is permitted — unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.

Where will you buy your coffee?

9 thoughts on “Alabama McDonald’s Gunman Killed By Armed Dad, Who Is Injured In Shootout”

  1. I will not patronize businesses that restrict the legal exercise of my 2nd Amendment rights. If the state says I am legal for concealed carry, that should be the end of the discussion. There is plenty of evidence to show that gun free zones, whether a school or some other venue, do nothing but provide a target rich environment for those intent on killing innocents. Even though the media doesn’t report it, there are incidents every single day where a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.

  2. Haven’t bought coffee there in about 10 years.
    1 part overpriced bad coffee
    1 part anti-gun
    1 part openly anti traditional marriage.

    There are plenty of other places to get a good cup of joe.

  3. I have never liked Starbucks’ coffee anyway. I have bought a total of zero cups from them and the one cup I did have was bought for me by a good friend. It was awful! I do not like McDonalds coffee either. I haven’t been in a Dunkin’ Donuts in years. I will however patronize McDonalds and Dunkin’ Donuts and never Starbucks.
    Oh, BTW, I am a concealed carrier, I just like to make my own coffee. My favorite coffee that I do purchase outside home comes from Whataburger.

    Phil in TX

  4. The “Editors Note” got the comments from both establishments wrong. The Editor clams the policies address Concealed Carry. They in fact do not, they both are talking about Open Carry. Read the excerpts again. If you are carrying concealed correctly, nobody would know if you supporting or protesting fire arms in their establishments, because you would be blending in!

  5. You all must have short memories because this article was about a man in a that took care of a critical situation in a McDonald’s, nothing to do with Starbucks, that was an editor’s note and the last paragraph of the article.

    It’s nice to read about a company that actually fallows the state and local laws regarding firearms on their premises. Those that don’t won’t know if your armed or not if you are carrying concealed, so I ignore any signage that they might put up. I would just claim that I didn’t see the sign if for some stupid reason I would expose my weapon, of course unless I had to use it to defend myself or a loved one. It’s always better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6.

    1. John, you’ve got a great point. People seem to get distracted by things that push their personal hot buttons and forget what the article was actually about. Sad but true.

  6. I have a couple of questions. First, Did the father who killed the gunman get a reward for his actions. If not, he should have received a large one. Hopefully the owners of the McDonalds will also cover his medical bills. Not obligated to, just a nice gesture.
    Second, why did the author refer to the shooter as a “gentleman” rather than an “assailant”? He certainly was NOT a gentleman. Look at the word “gentleman” = “gentle man”. The shooter was in no way gentle.
    A point: Even if the local laws forbid carrying openly or concealed those laws should be ignored by non criminal persons because those laws are unconstitutional. The wording of the second amendment is absolute. “…The right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” It doesn’t say “as long as you get a permit”, or “as long as the state or local governments say it’s ok”. No infringements at all. PERIOD.
    The only legal gun laws in this country are the ones against using them to assault another person. Because assault is illegal. Regardless of the weapon used, assault is ALWAYS the actions of a person, not an object.

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