Taco Bell Employee Hospitalized After Customer Shot Him Over ‘Incorrect Amount of Change’: Cops

A Taco Bell employee in North Carolina was hospitalized with “life-threatening injuries” after being shot by a suspect who believed he had been given an incorrect amount of change after placing an order, police said.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department, officers responded to a call of assault with a deadly weapon around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Upon arrival, officers located an employee suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” police said in a statement. “Witness statements indicate that after ordering food, the suspect became aggressive at the drive-thru when he believed he had been given an incorrect amount of change.

“The suspect proceeded to leave the drive-thru and entered the restaurant, where he became more aggressive, pulled out a firearm and began shooting inside the restaurant,” police added.

According to investigators, the employee involved in the shooting was taken to a local hospital with “life-threatening injuries” while the suspect fled the scene.

Using surveillance footage and witness statements, police later identified the vehicle involved in the incident (which they described as a “distinctive model”) and tracked the suspect to his home.

A Taco Bell employee has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries caused by a customer making incorrect change. Gado via Getty Images

“The suspect came out and surrendered, where officers were able to take him into custody without incident,” the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department said.

Police identified the suspect as 67-year-old Doll McLendon.

McLendon has since been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon into occupied property.

The Taco Bell employee has not been publicly identified.

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“We are shocked to learn this happened,” Taco Bell said in a statement to FOX Business. “We understand that the franchise owner and operator of this location is working with local authorities in their investigation and will offer support to all team members present.”

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