PHOENIX — A McDonald's near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road is closed after a 16-year-old employee was killed Wednesday morning.
The Phoenix Police Department said the employee was shot and killed in the restaurant's restroom by a suspect who has not yet been identified.
The teen's family has identified the boy as Prince Nedd. The family told 12 News he had just started working at the restaurant two months ago.
Two employees who were working at the time of the incident told 12 News the suspect is allegedly another employee who is also a teenager.
The suspect and Nedd had allegedly argued multiple times before the deadly shooting, employees said.
Police said the shooter fled the scene on foot and investigators are still looking for him.
Nedd is described as a kind and smart kid by family and friends. He was a senior at Betty Fairfax High School and played football there, his friends told 12 News.
“May God bless him,” said Miguel, a McDonald’s employee. “I hope [he] is resting in peace right now.”
Miguel found out about the shooting as he showed up for his shift after the incident. He said everyone at his work is "like family."
Employees said they heard multiple rounds of bullets, as several customers, including kids, were inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting.
Those working there said two customers tried to render aid to Nedd, but he died on scene.
The owner of the McDonald's restaurant released the following statement:
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and colleague. Our organization’s biggest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants. We are fully cooperating with the police department and their investigation,” the owner stated.
The McDonald's is expected to remain closed until Thursday.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Nedd's family with funeral costs. If you would like to help, you can donate here.
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