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Argument At Florida McDonald's Escalates Into Shooting

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Shots were reportedly fired at a Miami-Dade County, Florida, McDonald's after a customer yelled at another patron that his order was ready.

Devin Gibbs, 23, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, and shooting in a building following the Dec. 26 incident, the Miami Herald reported.

The shooting victim, Ledea Phillip, 65, was shot in the left arm. He refused treatment at a local hospital.

"He didn't care," witness Wilder Smith told WSVN. "He took it like a soldier."

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Smith and his girlfriend were reportedly behind Phillip when the shooting took place.

According to Smith, Phillip yelled at the suspect, telling him his order was ready, and an argument broke out between the two men.

"[They were] talking stupid to each other, then [the suspect] took out the gun and said, 'I'll kill you right now,'" Smith said.

Phillip started to walk away when Gibbs allegedly fired the shots. The bullets shattered glass in one door and struck Phillip in the arm, reported WSVN. 

Patron Jorge Martinez quickly ran from the chaos.

"I was sitting down right," Martinez said. "I busted a left. I went straight into the bathroom and I locked myself in."

Smith said the victim continued to eat his meal, despite being shot in the arm.

The McDonald's restaurant closed following the shooting but reopened later that day. The owner also released a statement regarding the incident.

“Our first priority is always the safety of our customers and employees," the statement read, according to the Miami Herald. "As this is an active police investigation, we ask that you contact the Miami-Dade County Police Department for additional details.”

Sources: WSVN, Miami Herald / Photo credit: Miami-Dade Police Department via Miami Herald, The Daily Mail