Taco Bell worker shot in the heart in front of horrified son over ‘fake money’

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A Taco Bell worker was shot dead by a customer on Saturday after the restaurant refused to accept a counterfeit $20 bill from the diner who began to open fire.

The victim, known locally as Alejandro Garcia, 41, was working with his son at the fast food restaurant when he was shot in the torso at around 11pm.

Alejandro's son, who also works in Taco Bell, had got into an argument with two men who had attempted to pay with the fake bill while ordering drive-thru food.

The argument at the drive thru-window of the Los Angeles restaurant escalated and one of the customers began shooting.

The attackers then sped off and currently remain at large.

Garcia's son had attempted to shut the window in order to provide protection but bullets still got in and struck Garcia in the chest.

The case comes just days after a teen girl was gunned down and killed during a robbery while she was working her shift at a Harlem Burger King.

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The killer reportedly made off with just $100.

Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19, was working as a cashier at Burger King in East Harlem when an armed robber entered the restaurant at around 1am.

Garcia's cousin Nancy Garcia del Sol told KABC: "My nephew was close by so he closed the window but the shots … they went in.

"[Garcia] got shot in the heart, and that's what killed him, and he died there … in front of his son's presence."

According to police, another unidentified victim at the scene had suffered stab wounds.

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Police are searching for two suspects, understood to be men between 20 and 25 years old, according to ABC 7 News.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Garcia was working at the restaurant part-time so he could provide extra money for his family – including three children.

A statement from Taco Bell said: "We are shocked and saddened to hear that this happened,' Taco Bell said in an official statement on the incident.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of [Garcia] in this difficult time."

  • Burger King
  • Money
  • Shooting
  • Family
  • Fire

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