McDonald's Worker, 16, Shot Dead During Fight in Restaurant Bathroom—Police

A 16-year-old McDonald's employee in Arizona has been shot dead during a fight in the restaurant's bathroom, according to police.

Sergeant Vincent Cole, a spokesperson for Phoenix Police Department, said the teenager, Prince Nedd, got into an altercation at about 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, at the fast-food outlet where he worked near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road in west Phoenix.

Police believe the victim knew the man who shot him, CBS 5 reported. After the fight in the bathroom, the suspect ran away.

Sgt Cole told the network: "There is a person of interest that we're looking for. We're not releasing too many details on the suspect at this time."

He added that no one else was injured during the shooting and officers were interviewing witnesses to find out what had led up to the altercation.

Sgt. Cole also said he does not believe the wider public is in any danger.

Miguel Nolasco, another McDonald's employee, arrived for his shift after the shooting and told CBS 5 that he and his coworkers were close. "Like family," he said. "I did not expect to just show up to work and see a bunch of police tape like that. That is terrible."

Rachel McCleve, who ate at the west Phoenix restaurant on Tuesday, told the network: "It's devastating, I mean, how do you take that in and process it? It's awful, it's just awful."

Travis Heriaud, the owner and operator of the McDonald's, said in a statement: "We are saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and colleague.

"Our organization's biggest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants. We are fully cooperating with the police department and their investigation."

Phoenix Police said anyone with information about the shooting on Wednesday morning should call the department on 602-262-6151.

If they wish to remain anonymous, they can contact its tip line Silent Witness on 480-WITNESS (408-948-6377) or 1-800-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers can call 480-TESTIGO (480-837-8446).

Newsweek has contacted the Phoenix Police Department for comment.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, which collects information about shootings across the United States, 33 people in Phoenix have died after suffering a gunshot wound since January 1 this year.

The database found that 77 people across the state of Arizona have died as a result of gunshot injuries since the start of the year.

In late February, a customer at a McDonald's restaurant in Houston, Texas was shot dead during an altercation with another customer.