Man killed in shooting at NC McDonald’s parking lot

Keon Harrell (Family photo)

AHOSKIE, N.C. (WAVY) — A 30-year-old man was killed and two others went to the hospital with gunshot wounds, following an early morning shooting at a McDonald’s parking lot in Ahoskie, police said.

Keon Tyvelle Harrell died at the scene, according to police.

Emergency dispatchers received a call at 2:49 a.m. Monday, reporting a lot of gunshots in the area.

Police said responding units from Ahoskie police and the sheriff’s office found an unresponsive man — identified as Harrell — suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers were later told that two more victims were in the emergency room with gunshot wounds. Their conditions were unclear Monday afternoon.

Bobby Harrell last saw his son Sunday night, when he said he’d be right back, but he never made it home.

“Somebody called here and my wife and kids came running in the room, woke me up, and tell me to get up, Keon got shot…It’s hard. I’m at the point I don’t know what to do. I try to lay down and go to sleep, but I couldn’t sleep,” he said.

Keon’s cousin, LaDonya Gatling, said she was near the scene of the shooting. First came the sound of gunshots, then the awful realization.

“I saw my cousin trying to come back to where his car was, and I just seen him collapse on the ground and that’s when my friend said, ‘LaDonya, it’s Keon, we need to call for help,’” Gatling said.

She said she and another person tried to help, administering CPR. She called Keon the comedian of the family.

“This makes a fourth cousin of mine actually to get killed to gun violence, so it’s not easy, and it doesn’t get easier,” Gatling said.

If anyone knows that, it’s Keon’s father, who said he lost another son to violence, Bobby Lee Harrell Jr., in 2003.

“We need to stop this. These kids just need to stop this killing for nothing. I mean, it’s unnecessary,” he said.

Tandem Inc., a local McDonald’s franchise organization, issued the following statement Monday afternoon regarding the shooting:

We take the safety of our employees and customers very seriously and are working with the proper authorities to assist in their investigation.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Ahoskie Police Department at 252-332-5012.

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