ST. LOUIS — A McDonald’s employee in St. Louis is accused of fatally shooting a co-worker outside the fast-food restaurant on Tuesday night, authorities said.
Terrance King, 19, of St. Louis, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, KMOV-TV reported.
According to Lt. Col. Ronnie Robinson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting occurred as a part of an altercation at about 8:20 p.m. CDT. Keyvn Henderson, 23, was shot in the chest and died at the scene, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Police found him lying against a wall of the restaurant, according to the newspaper.
According to a probable cause statement, King and Henderson, who both worked at McDonald’s, began arguing inside the store, KMOV reported.
After a manager escorted King outside the restaurant, another argument broke out when Henderson walked out of the McDonald’s, according to the television station.
Police said King then fatally shot Henderson. The suspect was holding a gun and standing near the victim when police arrived, the Post-Dispatch reported.
Robinson said he did not know what caused the argument, KSDK-TV reported.
“It’s just very tragic that we consistently have these types of situations constantly,” Robinson said during a news conference. “Young people, older people also, solving their problems and disputes with weapons, and weapons are so powerful these days they’re built to kill people. So, it’s just a shame that this happens over and over and over again.”
King appeared in court Friday and pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the Riverfront Times.
King is currently being held without bail. His next court appearance is Friday for a bond hearing, KMOV reported.
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