A mother is defending her son who has been accused of shooting a McDonald’s worker in the neck because her fries were cold.
Lisa Fulmore, 40, told New York Post that she “spoke to my son with the police” and that he “just says he has to do what he has to do. She claims the McDonald’s worker “came after him and whatever happened, happened.”
Fulmore’s 20-year-old son Michael Morgan shot the 23-year-old worker Monday night around 7 p.m. in the Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant.
She said she ordered the food on the phone and went to the fast food restaurant to pick it up.
“I asked the girl to change the fries because fries [were] cold”, she said The mail. “She went to the fries for maybe 10 seconds and brought fries, so I believed them [were] new fries, so I … left.”
“I taste fries and after I got to the third one, it was a cold fry. So I went back to take the food back,” she added. “I asked her, ‘Why would you give me the same fries and just put one or two on top to make me think you were giving me new fries?’ She started laughing and everyone started laughing and acting like it was funny. I was like, ‘What’s funny? I paid for food and I should get what I asked for. They laughed at me,'” claimed the mother of three boys.
Ms Fulmore continued, and of the employee who was later shot, said: “One of them said, ‘All this over fries?’ So now I’m arguing with them back and forth. The boy where they were cooking … was like: ‘You have all this food in your teeth.’ So I said, ‘Do you want to take it out? You say I have all this food in my teeth, do you want to take it out?'”
She claims that when she asked to speak to the person in charge, staff told her that the manager had left.
“Everyone started laughing again,” the mother said The mail. “This was when I was on the phone with my son. I thought, “They at this McDonald’s are playing with me.” I thought, I have kids their age, I’m not going to sit here and keep arguing with these little kids.”
“He said, ‘I’m coming down the block,'” she said, referring to her son.
Mrs Fulmore claims she told her son not to come to McDonalds because she didn’t want him “to get into trouble”, but he turned up anyway, and she remembers him telling staff to “get away from my mum”.
While the son attempted to challenge the employee who was later seriously injured outside, the worker did not leave the building at that time. Mrs Fulmore thought the drama “was over because my son left the shop”, but shortly afterwards she was approached by another member of staff who asked her where her son was.
“He went looking for my son”, she claimed. “The next thing you know, maybe 10 minutes later, you hear a gunshot. So I ran to the door. I said, ‘Who’s shooting?'”
“Your son,” she quoted someone as telling her.
“I saw, and I [see] a boy on the ground, and then I saw my son running the other way. I called 911, and then I sat there and waited,” she said.
She said she was not aware if her son had a firearm or fired a shot, but that “all I know is that my son was arguing with the boy and the boy went outside looking for my son.”
Police told the paper that the worker had no prior criminal history and that there was no indication that he was armed when he was shot.
“There was no reason for him to go out and look for anybody,” Fulmore told the paper about the injured worker. “Whatever happened outside, you made it happen,” she claimed.
While Ms Fulmore’s son is in police custody, he has not been charged. His criminal history includes grand theft in 2019 and assault and theft of service the year before, in addition to several sealed arrests, police told the publication.
The victim was reportedly in critical condition at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center Wednesday morning.