SW OKC McDonald's Employees Run For Safety After Angry Customer Fires Shots At Kitchen Staff

Thursday, May 7th 2020, 4:43 pm

Employees of a McDonald's at SW 89th and Pennsylvania Avenue ran for safety on Wednesday after an angry customer opened fire on them, police said.

Oklahoma City police on Thursday released officers’ body camera footage and the 911 calls that described a chaotic scene moments after police said Gloriana Woody, 32, fired three shots inside the business. 

911 Caller: “I think there were three shots, I think that’s what I heard.

911 Caller: “My son was an employee there. It was his second day at work, he was there when it happened. He freaked out and ran home.

The 16-year-old employee was just one of the workers who ran out a back door after Woody opened fire. Witnesses said before the shooting, Woody walked into the McDonald's and sat in a booth. The suspect became violent when the manager confronted her.

“She told them the dining room wasn’t open,” said Jose Lopez, a McDonald’s employee. “So she couldn’t order in here. So she got mad.”

Lopez normally works in the kitchen but was in the parking lot delivering food to a customer when Woody came back with a gun.

“If I would have been in the kitchen, I would be one of them that got shot, too. But thank God I’m still here,” Lopez said.

Lopez said one of his coworkers was shot in the arm and was planning a quick return to work.

“He said, 'yeah, I don’t care that I got shot,'” said Lopez. “I’m still going to work today at 2 p.m., I need the money.”

Two other employees were hit with shrapnel in the side and near the neck. The manager was hurt during the scuffle with Woody.

A McDonald's spokesperson sent the following statement on Thursday in response to the shooting:

“The safety and security of our employees and customers is our top priority. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved and the good news is that we can report the employees who sustained injuries are expected to make a full recovery. This is a heinous crime on our restaurant employees who were trying to support public health efforts. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement as they continue to investigate this matter.”

As for Woody, she was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County jail on four complaints of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

“The suspect fled the scene, and was later located by officers just south of the location,” said Capt. Larry Withrow, Oklahoma City Police Department.

Withrow said officers found a gun on Woody.

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