NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man charged for shooting and injuring another man inside a Norfolk McDonald’s Wednesday morning was released on bond.
Officers were called to the restaurant at 2328 E. Princess Anne Road just after 9 a.m. When police got to the scene, they found a 38-year-old man with a gunshot wound. He was rushed to the hospital and is expected to be OK.
Police detained 53-year-old Stephan Hayes at the scene then charged him with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of felony.
Two witnesses who said they were inside the McDonald’s at the time spoke to 10 On Your Side’s Matt Gregory Wednesday. They say the person who was shot was coming at the suspect with a crowbar, swinging at him.
“He came in the McDonald’s. He was sweating real hard and he had a big, long, black bag and he went in and pulled a crowbar out,” Nathaniel Ballard said. “The guy kept coming at him. He was telling him to get back. He kept coming at him. He fired a warning shot then shot him in the leg.”
No one else was hurt in the incident, police say.
Ballard and the other witnesses said they thought it was a clear case of self-defense.
Police reviewed the evidence and said the two men had a confrontation. Officers did find a crowbar on the scene, but right now they aren’t calling it self-defense.
In a news release from Norfolk police, local McDonald’s franchise organization JS&J Restaurants, Inc. stated:
We take the safety of our employees and customers very seriously and are working with the proper authorities to assist in their investigation.”
Hayes was denied bond during a hearing the day after the incident, but the sheriff’s office confirms he bonded out of jail on July 6. Hayes is set to appear in court again on Aug. 22.
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