A Taco Bell employee was shot and killed late Saturday night after someone opened fire in the drive-thru lane of the fast food chain in the Green Meadows neighborhood of South Los Angeles, authorities said.
The incident unfolded around 11 p.m., when a male suspect drove up to the drive-thru window at the Taco Bell on the 9900 block of Avalon Boulevard and attempted to purchase food with counterfeit money, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said.
An employee working the drive-thru window reportedly argued with the suspect and refused to accept the fake money, police said.
That’s when the suspect opened fire at the drive-thru, shooting the employee in the torso, according to LAPD.
The victim, described as a 41-year-old Hispanic man, died at the scene, officials said.
He was later identified as Alejandro Garcia, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Police are searching for at least one suspect who reportedly fled in a black sedan following the shooting.
No further details were immediately available.