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Georgia McDonald’s customer arrested after he ‘spits on employee at pick-up window, shoots another’

Devonte Watts, 26, has been charged with four felonies, including aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, as well as possession of a firearm during commission of a crime

A McDonald’s customer in Georgia was arrested after he allegedly spit on an employee before shooting another one after an argument that started in the drive-thru lane.

The violent incident unfolded around 9:11pm on Thursday night at a McDonald’s off the highway in Jefferson, approximately 55 miles northeast of Atlanta.

According to the Jefferson Police Department, Devonte Watts, 26, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, pulled up to the drive-thru to place an order.

Authorities say that an argument unfolded between Watts and the employee taking his order.

It’s not clear what the nature of the argument between Watts and the employee was. 

When Watts proceeded to pull up to the pick-up window to get his food, he allegedly spat on the employee at the window.

From there, the employee exited the restaurant to confront Watts, according to the Jefferson Police Department.

Watts allegedly spat on an employee before shooting another one after an argument that started in the drive-thru lane of this McDonald's in Georgia

Watts allegedly spat on an employee before shooting another one after an argument that started in the drive-thru lane of this McDonald’s in Georgia

As the confrontation unfolded, Watts began to drive away and allegedly fired a gunshot towards the employee, which hit a second employee who was trying ‘to defuse the situation,’ according to the Jefferson PD.

The suspect fled after the shooting, while the unidentified employee who was shot was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to ABC News.

Their current condition is not known. 

Less than 24 hours after the shooting, the Jefferson PD announced that they had nabbed Watts.

Watts has been charged with four felonies, including aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, as well as possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.

It’s not immediately clear what Watts’ previous felony conviction was for. DailyMail.com has reached out to the Jefferson Police Department for more information.

When Watts proceeded to pull up to the pick-up window to get his food, he allegedly spat on the employee at the window (Google Map picture)

When Watts proceeded to pull up to the pick-up window to get his food, he allegedly spat on the employee at the window (Google Map picture)

‘We’d like to thank all the agencies who assisted us with this incident including Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Gainesville Police Department & Hall County Sheriff’s Office,’ the Jefferson PD added in their release.

This was at least the third shooting to take place in the vicinity of a McDonald’s in the United States this week.

On Wednesday night, a gunshot victim was found in a parking lot of a McDonald’s in Jacksonville, Florida, though the location of the shooting was unclear.

The victim was taken to the hospital with multiple non-life-threatening injuries.

Watts allegedly shot another employee afterwards, with the Jefferson Police Department announcing his arrest less than 24 hours after the shooting

Watts allegedly shot another employee afterwards, with the Jefferson Police Department announcing his arrest less than 24 hours after the shooting

The shooting forced employees of the McDonald’s to lock themselves in the store temporarily, according to Action News Jax.

Later on Wednesday night, a shooting took place outside of a McDonald’s in North Philadelphia, which left one man injured.

The victim told police that he was shot in the drive-thru area of the fast food establishment.

CBS3 reports that an unoccupied vehicle that had been struck by gunfire was found by police near the restaurant. 


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