Customers Still Dine at Montgomery McDonald's After Deadly Shooting

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By Heather VacLav

While business is back to normal at the Montgomery McDonald's on Eastern Boulevard, police are still investigating a deadly shooting Thursday night.

Police found two male teenagers who had both been shot. The 17-year old is in stable condition, but the 18-year old died from his wounds overnight.

Lt. Regina Duckett says police believe the teens shot one another after an argument in the parking lot, and police are treating the incident as a death investigation.

“You just wonder if there needs to be more security,” said Eddy Luckie, who lives in a nearby neighborhood. Luckie questioned if the McDonald’s manager should keep a “closer eye” on larger groups of people gathering in the parking lot.

Other shoppers in the area were stunned by the shooting, but say it won’t stop them from coming back to shop in the area or eat at the McDonald’s location.

“I think there's gotta be a reason that two young men can't figure out how to get along or work it out without shooting each other, I mean that's terrible, that's ridiculous,” said Cherie Norris, a Montgomery mother of three and regular shopper in the area.

Others are concerned the plaza including big retailers like Best Buy, Lowe’s and Books-A-Million will close up because of the violence.

“You have families coming here expecting one thing, but they're getting another,” Cedric Brunson, said. “But I think once the word gets out; [people] won't shop as much.”

This is not the first time for gunfire at the Eastern Boulevard McDonald’s. There have been three shootings at the fast food restaurant in the past year and a half.

In January 2012 a man was in critical condition after being shot multiple times, but did not press charges.

In September 2011, gunfire was exchanged at the children’s Playplace of McDonald’s, but no one was injured.

Montgomery Police say they may add more patrols in the area, or clear out the parking lot after hours, but say it depends on the shopping center's request.

“So to put an actual timeline on it, as far as how often they actually do that, that's hard to say,” Duckett said.

If you have information about this shooting, you are asked to please call Crime Stoppers 334-215-STOP or the Montgomery Police Department at 334-625-2831.

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