McDonald’s Employee Fatally Shot Woman Arguing with Fellow Customer

A McDonald’s employee fatally shot a woman who caused a “disturbance” in the North Carolina restaurant he worked in, police say.

The victim, 30-year-old Jacklyn Marie Reed of Johnson City, Tennessee, sustained one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene in Hendersonville, western North Carolina on Monday morning, police said.

Reed and another woman were arguing at a bus stop when the other woman went into the nearby McDonald’s restaurant to separate herself from Reed, who followed her, the Hendersonville Police Department said.

A McDonald’s manager separated the women, and Reed left the restaurant, the police said.

But Reed returned to the restaurant “shortly after” and was met by the manager and Sam Antwan Ivey, a McDonald’s employee, resulting in a “disturbance,” police said.

Reed reached out and touched Ivey, who shot her with a concealed handgun before fleeing the scene in his vehicle, police said.

“This was a matter-of-fact shooting,” Police Chief Blair Myhand told NBC affiliate WYFF. “Based on what we see in surveillance video, this was a far over-reaction to the situation that was happening.” Ivey injected himself into the situation when he shouldn’t have, Myhand told WYFF.

Ivey was apprehended by police in the parking lot of his child’s elementary school, police said. He was charged with second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, and is being held without bond at the Henderson County Detention Facility, police said Monday late afternoon.

“This was a senseless cold-blooded crime,” Myhand told WYFF.

Reed had been in Hendersonville for several days and police had received multiple calls about her “erratic and alarming behavior” over the weekend, Myhand told WYFF.

According to local news outlet the Hendersonville Times-News, the restaurant is owned by Chuck Edwards, a Republican member of the House of Representatives who owns and operates a number of local McDonald’s outlets.

Insider understands, however, that the restaurant is owned by Teresa Edwards, his wife.

Teresa Edwards told Insider in a statement that the restaurant team was “in shock” after the events.

“We are concentrating on ensuring our people receive the support they need, and are making crisis counselors available to all employees,” Edwards said.

Edwards told Insider that Ivey had violated the restaurant’s rules prohibiting firearms on company property.

All employees have conflict-management training as part of their onboarding, and the restaurant is looking at expanding this following the incident, she added.

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