An Illinois woman has been arrested for shooting up a Taco Bell restaurant after being angered by a staff member’s bad service.
The shooting incident was reported at a Taco Bell on Carlyle Avenue in the city of Belleville in St Clair County in the US state of Illinois at around 9.35pm on 17th December.
Amy Gale, 19, is accused of shooting through the window of a drive-thru following a row with a member of staff. She then proceeded to fire at the restaurant building multiple times, according to the police.
The Belleville Police Department said in a statement: “On December 17, 2021, at 9:35pm, Belleville Police responded to Taco Bell, 760 Carlyle Avenue, in reference to shots fired into the business.
“Upon arrival, Officers located employees in the business hiding in the kitchen area. Officers checked employees for injuries. One employee suffered minor scratches from flying glass. No other injuries were reported.
“Witnesses stated there was a dispute over an order in the drive-thru of the business. A female customer at the drive-thru was reportedly unhappy with the service at the business and had a verbal argument with an employee at the drive-thru window.
“The female customer displayed a handgun and fired a shot through the drive-thru window. The female customer then drove around the business firing several more shots into the business.
“Belleville Police Detectives and Crime Scene Unit responded and began their investigation.”
The police added: “Through witness accounts, a suspect vehicle description and possible suspect was identified. Detectives located the suspect vehicle at a residence in the 2100 Block of East Belle Avenue.”
The suspect was found and arrested, and officers seized her vehicle and raided her residence as part of the investigation.
The Belleville Police Department said: “Search warrants were obtained for the vehicle and residence, and evidence from the shooting at Taco Bell was located.
“Detectives presented the case to the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office. After review, the following charges were issued:
“Amy S. Gale, 19, of Belleville, was charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, a Class X Felony; and three counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, a Class 1 Felony.
“Gale’s bond was set at USD 1,000,000.00. Belleville Police are not seeking any additional suspects in this case.”