An armed intruder allegedly barged into a Birmingham, Alabama, McDonald's on Saturday night, but an armed father was there to take care of business.
What are the details?
The incident unfolded around 10:45 p.m. when the store was closing, according to AL.com.
A store manager was unlocking the front door to let a father and his two teenage sons out of the building when an armed, masked intruder reportedly forced his way in and opened fire.
The father, who remains unidentified at the time of this writing, was able to return fire on the suspect, fatally shooting him.
Birmingham police spokesperson Sgt. Bryan Shelton said that one juvenile and two adults were injured during the shooting, which is suspected to be a burglary attempt. The unnamed father and one of his sons were injured but are expected to recover.
"Right now it appears the [suspect] made a decision that cost his life and the father made a decision that preserved his and children’s' life,'' Shelton said.
The unnamed father is not expected to be charged in the fatal shooting of the suspect.
A witness to the alleged incident said that she was sitting in the drive-thru line when she heard eight or nine shots fired, and noticed that people — including children — began fleeing the restaurant. The witness said that she then heard two more shots ring out.
McDonald's employee Markus Washington told WAFF-TV that he hid in the freezer as he heard what he described as more than 15 shots fired. Washington expressed his appreciation for the armed father who stopped the shooting.
“I’m feeling grateful,” Washington said. “Wrapping my head around it all, I was just wishing someone would come wake me up from this nightmare.”
He added, “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.”
The city had been celebrating the Magic City Classic on Saturday.
"It’s really sad an otherwise positive day had an ending like this,'' Shelton said of the incident. “Earlier we had such a spirit of celebration in the city because of the events going on and now families are having to deal with the tragedy of loved ones who are hurt or killed.”