She allegedly fired about three rounds. One employee was hit in the arm, while shrapnel struck two others. The employee involved in the initial encounter with Woody had a head injury. Three of the four employees were taken to a hospital, but all were expected to recover, police said.
The incident was the latest in a growing trend of violence directed at employees of businesses trying to enforce social distancing measures. Last week, a Family Dollar security guard was fatally shot in Flint, Mich., after telling a customer that her child had to wear a face mask to enter the store.
“Obviously it’s a heinous crime, particularly because these two people were trying to really support public health,” McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski said Thursday on “Good Morning America.” “I think what you’re seeing in this situation is really what you’re seeing in a variety of situations across the country, which is this tension about opening and people’s concern about it. But there’s absolutely no excuse for violence, particularly gun violence.”
Restaurants in Oklahoma City were allowed to open for dine-in service at the start of this month, after a local shelter-in-place order expired April 30. The state of Oklahoma, meanwhile, never issued formal restrictions on restaurants.
But many businesses, including the McDonald’s, were implementing voluntary measures to contain the coronavirus, and additional social distancing requirements were still in place.
In 911 calls obtained by the Oklahoman, the employee who was shot in the arm told a dispatcher that there had been an argument after Woody was told she couldn’t be inside the restaurant. He pleaded for help.
“Someone came in and shot,” he said. “I got hit. Please, I need help. Send help, please.”
Another employee said in a 911 call that a woman had “pulled out a gun and she started shooting up McDonald’s and all the workers just ran.”
“I just saw her shooting and I swear I thought she was going to shoot me,” she said, according to the newspaper.
Initial reports said that two people were involved in Wednesday’s incident. But police said they later determined only Woody was involved. She was found a few blocks away from the McDonald’s and taken into custody.
Woody faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, the Oklahoman reported.
This story has been updated.