Burger King employee in Florida shot dead after food order gets delayed
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Aug 03, 2020, 02:00 pm
News of a Burger King employee getting shot in Orlando, Florida, United States, for a delay in serving the order of a female customer has sent ripples across the country. Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando issued a statement saying a woman was upset that her order at the Burger King restaurant was getting delayed after which she brought a man, who then went on to shoot one of the employees.
The shooting had taken place at the Burger King on the 7000 block of E. Colonial Drive on Saturday evening at around 7.30PM. Deputies and police officers upon their arrival found Desmond Armond Joshua, 22, sustaining a gunshot wound in the parking lot of the restaurant. He was rushed to a nearby hospital immediately, but was declared dead.
The deputies then, as part of their investigation, turned to video evidence, which showed Joshua embroiled in an altercation with a man, who had him pinned in a headlock. A witness told the police that it was a busy night for the restaurant as many customers had to wait for a longer time than usual.
Among the numerous customers, one woman had lost her temper in regard to the delay and got out of her black sedan car after which she began yelling. In her verbal outburst, the woman said she was going to bring "her man" to the restaurant. Records show that an employee refunded the woman her $40 and asked her to leave. After waiting for a few minutes in her vehicle at the restaurant’s parking lot, the woman left, but eventually returned in a white truck with a man identified as 37-year-old Kelvis Rodriguez-Tormes. Deputies state Rodriguez-Tormes demanded that Joshua fight him and began choking him by putting him in a headlock after which a witness tried to stop the fight.
Deputies state Rodriguez-Tormes went to his truck after being pulled off of Joshua, but returned with a gun and shot him. Before shooting Joshua, Rodriguez-Tormes was heard telling. "You got two seconds before I shoot you." Shortly thereafter, Rodriguez-Tormes fled the scene in the white truck he came, along with the woman in the black sedan. It has been revealed that Joshua had begun working at the Burger King outlet only a few days back.
Reports state both Rodriguez-Tormes and the woman were interviewed after their arrest with their statements since then mostly being amended. A report by the officials cited that Rodriguez-Tormes dismantled the gun used in the shooting and hid it at "a location which cannot be located." He has since been charged with first-degree murder for using a firearm, along with the destruction of evidence and for the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.