“He’s my hero,” Markus Washington said. “Because I can only imagine how it would’ve went if he wasn’t armed. We might not be here having this interview.”
That’s how a McDonald’s employee is thanking an armed customer who shot and killed a masked gunman Saturday night in Birmingham.
WBRC-TV reports, Washington had to hide in the freezer, listening, as he heard more than 15 shots fired.
‘I was making two quarter-pounders and heard three shots ring, and then exchange of gunfire two more,’ said Washington.
That exchange was between a masked gunman and an armed customer, who was leaving the restaurant with his sons at the time.
Birmingham police said the masked man started shooting inside the restaurant. That’s when the father began shooting at him.
Police say both the father and the masked man were hit, along with one of the children. The gunman later died from his injuries.
The father and the son are being treated for their injuries.
“I’m feeling grateful,” Washington said. “Wrapping my head around it all, I was just wishing someone would come wake me up from this nightmare.”