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Phoenix employee Wendy’s was shot in the head;  suspect in custody, police say


A teenage employee of a Wendy’s in Phoenix was hospitalized in critical condition this week after being shot in the head at the fast food restaurant, officials said.

Brian Durham Jr., 16, was rushed to hospital on Thursday after an argument he apparently wasn’t involved in escalated into gunfire, FOX 10 from Phoenix reported.

“The customer allegedly approached the drive-thru window, pulled out a handgun and fired into the drive-thru window, striking the victim who was working inside the store,” said Sgt. Vincent Cole of the Phoenix Police Department.

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The assailant fled the crime scene but was later arrested, Cole said. He was later identified as Theotis Polk, 27, according to the station.

Durham Jr.’s father, Brian Durham Sr., said the incident began when the customer complained the restaurant didn’t have barbecue sauce, FOX 10 reported.

“My son just stayed quiet and had the guy’s change in his hand,” Durham Sr. told the outlet. “[He] just remained silent while the other two were in a confrontation.”

On Saturday, Wendy’s is offering customers a free Frosty or a free order of fries of any size with a purchase, for National Drive-Through Day.
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The father learned of the shooting when his son was rushed to hospital.

“It was very nervousdevastated, hearing that your son was shot because you don’t know what. Was his leg hit? Is he dead? A lot of things go through your mind,” Durham Sr. told the outlet.

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The bullet that hit Durham Jr. only grazed his head and did not hit his brain, Durham Sr. told FOX 10.

“Do you believe in miracles?” he said. “Yeah, it was a miracle today, because my son is not supposed to be up. If he had changed two seconds left, maybe one, he would have gone.”


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