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Gun fired during altercation over McDonald's meal
No one injured during the Thursday morning incident
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Gainesville Police report to McDonald's on Thompson Bridge Road Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, after reports of gunfire. - photo by Scott Rogers

A mistaken McDonald’s order led to a scuffle and a gunshot around 8:30 a.m. Thursday outside the McDonald’s restaurant on Thompson Bridge Road.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said no one was struck or injured in the incident.

Tempers flared after Matthew and Jamie Johnson went inside the restaurant to correct the order they received in the drive-thru.

Jamie Johnson said she ordered a bagel with cheese and breakfast sauce, but when she received the order, there was no sauce on the sandwich so she went inside to correct it.

“I went back and said, ‘Listen, y’all need to put breakfast sauce, but not a lot,’” Jamie Johnson said. “And when I looked, there was a puddle (of sauce).”

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Gainesville Police officers stand at the site where a gun was fired on Thursday morning outside the McDonald's on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville. - photo by Layne Saliba

She said she left but still wasn’t happy, so she and her husband went inside for a second time to confront the McDonald’s employee at the counter, which is when she said the employee “started (verbally) on me first.”

As they were leaving after getting their money back for the order, Jamie Johnson said a man, who was sitting at a table inside the restaurant, began attacking her and her husband “for no reason.”

The fight with the man moved from the counter to the doors and eventually outside. Matthew Johnson said he felt something pressed against his back while they were on the sidewalk, about 15 yards from his truck, but thought it was probably a cell phone

“He’s punching me, hitting me, and then we come outside,” Matthew Johnson said. “I say, ‘I’m calling the cops.’ I pick up my phone and he puts a gun in my back … and he goes, ‘I’m about to blow a hole in your (expletive) back.’”

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Matthew Johnson stands where gunfire struck the sidewalk near where he was walking Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at the Thompson Bridge Road McDonald's. - photo by Scott Rogers

Matthew Johnson said he had a mark on his back from the gun being pressed against it.

“When I turn around, he shoots and it hit the ground,” Matthew Johnson said. “Thank God, because I was able to maneuver. I got lucky.”

The man fled the scene and as of 10:30 a.m., Holbrook did not know if he had been taken into custody.

McDonald’s supervisor Takisha Angeletti declined to comment on the incident.

“We know better than to break the law, and alI I was doing was trying to protect my wife,” Matthew Johnson said. “When they see the video, they’ll be able to see that I never did anything, so I’m not worried about it.”

The incident is still under investigation.

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