Wichita, KS – A 45-year-old woman and her brother got more than they bargained for when they were shot at by a fellow customer at a McDonald’s drive-through.
Deborah Bennington and her brother were in the drive-through line waiting to pick up her hot chocolate and a breakfast sandwich before going to work when a black Chevy Blazer with tinted windows wedged in between her and the vehicle in front of her. The man and woman inside the Blazer had received the wrong order and decided not to get into the back of the line.
Not wanting the Blazer to delay her rumble-guts, Bennington lurched forward in an attempt to keep the Blazer from getting in front of her, accidentally tapping it in the process. The Blazer’s female driver got out of her vehicle and she and Bennington engaged in a bit of name calling.
The woman got back into the Blazer and exchanged a bag of food at the drive-through window while Bennington memorized the Blazer’s license plate number. But once the Blazer’s occupants had received their correct order, they did not pull away. According to Bennington, the Blazer pulled forward and turned, then backed up to partly block her way.
The driver then got out and chucked a crowbar at Bennington’s car, hitting it, before man emerged from the back of the Blazer, aiming a shotgun at Bennington. The light bulb in Deborah’s head finally flickered on and she decided this would be a good time to get the hell out of there. As Bennington pulled away, the gunman pulled the trigger.
The blast sent pellets into Bennington’s car between front and back door, but she and her brother were not hit. The Blazer peeled out of the parking lot, but Bennington was able to give police the license plate number she had memorized — “SAMPSON” — and the vehicle was quickly located at a nearby home.
Police could not get anyone to answer the door of the home, which was equipped with security cameras overlooking the front of the house, and a SWAT team ended up being called in. One man came out and surrendered, while a man a woman were apprehended inside. All three were taken downtown for questioning. A woman on the scene said that one of the men in custody was her friend, known by the nickname “Chaos”.
More information regarding the suspects, and any possible charges that may be filed against them, will be revealed during a Thursday morning press briefing. As for Bennington, she says she has learned a valuable lesson. “I guess I won’t yell out the window obscene things anymore,” she told reporters.Tags: Crime, Deborah Bennington, Kansas, McDonalds, Road Rage, Shooting, shotgun