Fight in Taco Bell Drive-Thru Leads to Shooting, Attempted Homicide: Police

A Taco Bell drive-thru fight ended in a man being shot early Wednesday morning, police said.

A 22-year-old man, who has not been identified, was waiting in line at the Santa Rosa, California, fast-food restaurant's drive-thru at about 12:30 a.m. when 27-year-old Brad James Adams started an argument from another vehicle, according to a press release from the Santa Rosa Police Department.

As the argument ensued, Adams allegedly threatened the victim with a handgun, police said.

After Adams picked up his food, he parked his vehicle in the lot and approached the victim's car window as he was still in the line. Adams then shot at him several times, striking him at least once, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which reported the men did not know each other.

Taco Bell shooting leaves one man injured
A fight in a Taco Bell drive-thru ended in a man being shot Wednesday morning. Above, police tape is seen in Beverly Hills, California, in December 2021. VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his right arm, the newspaper reported.

He was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries but has since been released and is recovering from his injuries, Santa Rosa Police Sergeant Christophher Mahurin wrote in a statement to Newsweek.

Some details about the shooting remained unknown as of Sunday afternoon. Police did not say what prompted the fight or what they were arguing about.

James fled from the scene, but police arrested him in Brisbane, California—about 55 miles south of the shooting—at about 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, the statement said. He was booked in the San Mateo County Jail, according to officers.

Before they located him, police first executed a search warrant for attempted homicide at James' home, but he was not there. They also found his pickup truck in a parking lot and recovered a handgun.

Shootings in fast-food drive-thru lanes are surprisingly common in America.

In Lecanto, Florida, a man was arrested this week after firing shots at a vehicle at a Wendy's restaurant, according to the Citrus County Chronicle. Joshua Clement Harrleson, 30, allegedly shot at the vehicle in front of him in the drive-thru several times on May 1 and has since been arrested.

In January, a 16-year-old Wendy's employee in Phoenix was shot in the head after a customer's argument about extra barbecue sauce escalated into gun violence.

Days later, a McDonald's employee in Missouri was shot by a drive-thru customer after a dispute over a french fries discount.

In February, an argument over an order at a Chick-fil-A drive-thru in Clinton, Mississippi, led to fatal shooting.

In April, a Jack in the Box employee in Houston was shot in the hand following a dispute over dipping sauce.

Update 05/08/22, 3:49 p.m. ET: This article was updated with additional information.