A 25-year-old man was shot to death yesterday afternoon by one of two men who followed him into a McDonald's restaurant in the Brooklyn area, city police said.
Several employees ran for cover as the shooting took place about 4 p.m. in the restaurant at Potee Street and Patapsco Avenue, police said. No employees were hurt.
Officer Sherrie Albrecht, a police spokeswoman, identified the victim as Antonio Lee Harris, of no fixed address.
Employees told Detectives Mike Glenn and Kenneth Welsh that the victim walked in, and had not yet approached the counter to make an order when the others entered seconds later, said Albrecht.
Albrecht said one man pulled out a gun and fired several times, hitting Harris several times in the upper body.
Harris fell against a side door, Albrecht said, and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Twoother customers were inside the restaurant, Welsh said. They weren't hurt.
The assailants fled on foot. Homicide detectives had little description of them, Albrecht said. It was unknown whether the shooting was caught on a surveillance camera in the restaurant.
Eric Phillips, 19, a grill worker at McDonald's for five months, said he didn't see the shooting but heard the gunfire.
"I was at the grill several feet from the food-order counter when I heard several popping sounds and all of us ran to the back of the building, where one of us dialed 911," he said.
Phillips said he and the others were scared and stayed together until police arrived. "There was a lot of confusion," he said.
Three hours after the shooting, a tow truck arrived and took a blue Cadillac -- which Harris drove to the restaurant -- from the restaurant parking lot to police headquarters.