Customer shot by employee at Burger King over wrong sauce on his sandwich, police say

ELLENWOOD, Ga. — A 16-year-old Burger King employee has been arrested after police said he shot a customer with the customer’s own gun during a fight over sauce.

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The shooting happened last week at the Burger King on Fairview Road in Ellenwood.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was in Henry County Thursday, where the argument started over a sandwich with the wrong sauce on it.

A customer who went through the drive-through line noticed that there was sauce on his sandwich he didn’t want. Witnesses said he went inside the restaurant to confront workers and ended up shot.

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Another Burger King employee was also arrested several days later.


Witnesses told Fernandes that the incident unfolded around 11 a.m. Thursday. When the customer went inside, the situation quickly escalated into an argument. Witnesses said the customer was threatening workers and said he had a gun.

Police are still investigating who started the physical fight, but they said one worker, Tyarius Wilcox, and the customer were throwing punches.

At some point, police said a 16-year-old employee grabbed the customer’s gun and shot him.

The customer, who hasn’t been identified, is expected to survive.

Wilcox was arrested for fighting and obstructing officers days after the incident.

Fernandes spoke to some customers off-camera who said they believe the customer is the one who should be facing charges.

“Fast food workers go through a lot and they deal with a lot of different personalities, so when we pull up, they may be upset because the last person may have cursed them out or had an attitude,” one customer said. “We never know what the customers are going through or the workers are going through. So it’s hurtful.”


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