Two Subway employees were shot; both were transported to a hospital where one was pronounced dead and the other remains in critical condition.
A Subway employee in Atlanta was shot dead when a customer opened fire because there was too much mayonnaise on his sandwich, according to police and the owner of the store.
Police said officers responded to the shooting at the downtown Atlanta gas station in Northside Drive Southwest, at about 6.30 p.m. local time. A second worker was hospitalized with injuries, Fox5 Atlanta reports. The Atlanta Police Department said that the injured worker’s five-year-old son was also inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.
“We had a customer that came in that was a little upset about how his sandwich was fixed,” Willie Glenn, owner of the Subway outlet, which is located in a complex with a convenience store and a gas station, told NBC affiliate WXIA-TV. “Believe it or not, it was over too much mayonnaise on his sandwich.”
Glenn said that the customer, who had been to the shop before without incident, argued with the staff over his sandwich, then pulled out a gun and began shooting, adding that a store manager returned fire. Two employees—a 26-year-old and a 24-year-old, both women —were shot. Following the incident, both of them were transported to a hospital where one was pronounced dead and the other is in critical condition, according to Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr.
"The suspect came inside the restaurant, ordered a sandwich and there was something wrong with the sandwich that made him so upset that he decided to take out his anger on two of the employees here," Hampton told reporters outside the Subway outlet. He also informed that police had arrested a 36-year-old Atlanta man, thanks to a tip from someone in the community. Atlanta police has praised the witness who gave them crucial information that led to the arrest. However, they aren’t releasing the names of the victims or the suspect as the incident is still actively being investigated.
“(The shooter is) an individual with a gun who decided that that was the course of action to resolve a conflict,” said Hampton during a press conference. “Yes, it’s a sandwich, but more importantly, someone who failed to resolve a conflict by just walking away … decided to take actions into his hands, and now we have families who are devastated." According to WXIA-TV, a group of activists has begun to gather at the location to demand change.
"He decided to escalate the situation and from there—that's when all hell broke loose," Glenn said. "I don't know what the world is coming to especially with our youth. They seem to be so hot headed," he added. "Everybody wants to carry a gun. Everybody wants to scare somebody with a gun. It's scary out here. We don’t need people like that in society. If he’s willing to kill someone over mayonnaise then what else would he do."
In a press briefing on Monday, Hampton expressed frustration over yet another incident of gun violence as a result of someone not being able to resolve a conflict appropriately. "I want the focus to be on the gun violence," he said, referring to why he didn't name the suspect arrested. "More importantly, someone failed to resolve a conflict by just walking away, having a conversation to just reorder a sandwich, decided to take actions into his hands, and now we have families who are devastated."
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact authorities. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637, or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.