A man fatally shot an employee and injured another at an Atlanta Subway restaurant over the weekend because he had “too much mayo on his sandwich,” police said Monday morning.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution identified the dead woman as Brittany Macon.
The incident started about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Hampton said, when a man “who could not resolve the conflict” over his order opened fire.
“There was something wrong with the sandwich that made him so upset that he decided to take out his anger on two of the employees,” Hampton said.
Police arrested a 36-year-old Atlanta man “close” to the downtown restaurant Sunday night after a someone called in a tip, Hampton said.
Willie Glenn, a co-owner of the restaurant, said the women were “model employees” who had started working there about three weeks ago, WSB-TV reported.
“It breaks my heart to know that someone has the audacity to point a weapon and shoot someone for as little as too much mayonnaise on a sandwich,” he told the news station.
Hampton told reporters that he was “frustrated” by “gun owners who don’t make the right decisions” and by momentary impatience that can hurt families forever.
“I want the focus to be on the gun violence,” he said. “Yes, it’s a sandwich, but, more importantly, someone who failed to resolve a conflict by just walking away, having a conversation … decided to take actions into his hands, and now we have families who are devastated.”
The 5-year-old will undergo counseling, Hampton said.
Atlanta has had more than 70 homicides in 2022, a 19 percent increase from the same period in 2021, according to the latest data from the Atlanta Police Department. It had 160 homicides in 2021, the highest total since 1996, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.