A father shot and killed a masked gunman who opened fire inside a McDonald’s in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday night.
A store employee had opened the door for the father and his two sons to leave when a man wearing a mask walked in and began shooting, according to WBRC-TV. At that point, the father turned around and began firing at the shooter with his pistol.
Both men were shot, the gunman later dying from his wounds and the father suffering non-life threatening injuries. One of his sons was also hit, but he is also not facing life-threatening injuries.
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The name of the shooter and of the father have not been released. The father is not expected to face charges.
“I’m feeling grateful,” Markus Washington, an employee at this McDonald’s told WBRC-TV. “Wrapping my head around it all, I was just wishing someone would come wake me up from this nightmare.” (RELATED: Texas Man Who Shot Church Gunman Was Certified NRA Instructor)
“He’s my hero,” Washington added. “Because I can only imagine how it would’ve went if he wasn’t armed. We might not be here having this interview.”
Accoridng to WVTM-13, Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Shelton stated:
Things like this are difficult for both families. The gentleman who unfortunately lost his life, the teenage boy who is in the hospital recovering from his injuries and the father who is also recovering from his injuries. It’s not easy being a father and watching your child get injured, get hurt like that. It’s a really heartwrenching experience.