Suspect arrested after teen in fast food restaurant was shot in the head

A teenager was injured after being shot in the head following an argument with a customer at a fast food restaurant in Phoenix.

According to Sgt. Vincent Cole with Phoenix Policethe incident happened at a Wendy’s restaurant near 19th and Glendale Avenues around 8 p.m. on January 13.

“The customer allegedly approached the drive-thru window, pulled out a handgun and fired into the drive-thru window, striking the victim who was working inside the store,” said Sgt. COLLAR.

The teenage victim was taken to hospital in critical condition. He has since been identified as Brian Durham Jr., 16. In a video posted by family members to a GoFundMe page set up for medical expenses on Jan. 19, Durham Jr. was seen conscious and using a smartphone. .

After the shooting, the suspect got into a vehicle and left the scene. The suspect, who was not arrested until January 14, has been identified as 27-year-old Theotis Polk.

Victim’s family speaks out

According to the victim’s brother, Harris Wonder, Durham Jr. was never involved in the initial dispute.

“He was just innocent. He didn’t cause any trouble, didn’t seek any harm. Just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Wonder said.

“He’s very lucky to be alive right now because he was in a confrontation that wasn’t for him, and the bullet went through his head. It actually went through the other,” said Durham Jr.’ Brian Durham Sr’s father.

After Durham Sr. received the phone call, he rushed to the hospital.

“It was very nerve wracking to hear that your son got shot because you don’t know what,” Durham Sr said.

Durham Sr. said moments earlier that the victim was at the cash register, as his colleague and the suspect argued over the lack of barbecue sauce.

“He was in the middle, and the other guy is right there, ‘hey, let me have some extra barbecue sauce.’ It became a confrontation. That somebody got shot with barbecue sauce, so it was a confrontation, because the dude couldn’t get any extra barbecue sauce,” Durham Sr said. My son just stayed quiet and changed the guy in his hand I just stayed quiet while the other two faced off.

Durham Jr. was the only person shot, and his father said somehow, the bullet barely grazed Durham Jr.’s brain and his son is still alive.

“It was a miracle today, because my son is not supposed to be up. If he had changed two seconds left, maybe one, he would have gone,” Durham Sr said.

Meanwhile, Durham Sr. wants the suspect to surrender.

“Do what’s right. That’s it,” Durham Sr said. They were 16, 17–a little one-year-old kid. You could see their faces and you could tell they weren’t adults.”

The victim reportedly worked at Wendy’s for approximately four months to support his family.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call Phoenix Police at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Spanish speakers can call or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish. Spanish speakers can tip anonymously by calling Testigo Silencioso at 480-TESTIGO.

If you want to know more about this, please go to the Testigo Silencioso line (480-TESTIGO, 480-837-8446).

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