Drive-thru shooting in NC raises questions about security at fast food restaurants

An apparent drive-thru shooting in North Carolina that killed a 2-year-old and injured her 13-year-old brother has raised questions about security at fast food restaurants in the state.

The bodies of 4-year-old Kamiya Brown and her 13-year-old brother Dajuan Brown were discovered at a Burger King on the North Carolina-Virginia border.

Kamiya Brown had been shot once in the back of the head and Dajuan was shot in the hand. They were found Wednesday afternoon near a drive-thru window at the Burger King.

“I’m shocked. I was terrified,” McDonald’s employee Karla Bixby told WTVD-TV. “I kept telling my manager to lock the doors.”

Police say someone drove up to the restaurant in a car and fired into the window, hitting the two children. Dajuan and Kamiya lived in Virginia. Kamiya Brown was discovered in the kitchen of the Burger King with her uncle’s car parked out front. Police said the boy and girl were not aware they were shot.

According to CNN, Chief Deputy Mark Bowen of the York County Sheriff’s Office said that there are no surveillance cameras inside the restaurant, but that that has not put off potential witnesses.

“Those people were very motivated to come forward,” Bowen said. “There was enough evidence in the vehicle that somebody saw something.”

Ronald Joseph said he was in the drive-thru when he heard gunshots and suddenly realized he was one of three people hit. He said he was a “little shaken up” and asked for an ambulance to take him to the hospital.

“A car pulled up. Then there was gunfire,” he said. “It happened so fast. There was no opportunity to get out. Everyone was caught up in it.”

At this point, investigators have not determined a motive. No one has been arrested and police have not said whether they are pursuing any suspects in the crime.

This isn’t the first time there has been a drive-thru shooting in the U.S. There have been several drive-thru shootings at fast food restaurants in North Carolina and across the nation in recent years.

“It is disturbing that we are seeing homicides just because somebody decides to reach into a car and start shooting it up,” Brunswick County Sheriff Joey Dobson told WITN-TV in North Carolina.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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