Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Dad eating with kids at McDonald’s fatally shoots gunman inside Alabama McDonald’s

Dad eating with kids at McDonald’s fatally shoots gunman inside Alabama McDonald’s

A father eating at an Alabama McDonald's with his two sons is being called a hero after he shot and killed a masked gunman who stormed the restaurant and began shooting.

Police said the father and his sons were leaving the restaurant as the manager was closing for the night when the masked man burst inside and started shooting. The gunman died at the hospital. The father then returned fire on the attacker, ultimately striking and killing him. Reports did not indicate his sons' ages.

Police officers said that the father will not be facing charges at this time and noted they don't know if the masked man was trying to rob the McDonald's or target a worker there. His current condition is unclear.

"It's truly sad, but it's something as a community we can overcome, " Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Shelton said, according to

He said he and another employee scrambled into a freezer and hid while more shots rang out - at least 15 total.

"He's my hero. Because I can only imagine how it would've went if he wasn't armed".

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Thank GOD for courageous individuals that choose to go armed as this could have been much worse if everyone had been defenseless.

"All we hear is like different gunfire", Washington told WBRC-TV.

The father and one of his sons were hit in the shooting and sustained injuries that were not-life-threatening.

'Things like this are hard for both families.

"It's not easy being a father and watching your child get injured, get hurt like that. It's a really heartwrenching experience", said Shelton.

"Right now, it appears the victim made a decision that cost his life and the father made a decision that preserved his and [his] children's'[sic] life", he told the publication.

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