A man is currently in critical condition after he was shot by a restaurant worker for refusing to pay his bill.

China Cafeteria employee Xin Xing Chen was arrested for aggravated assault on Wednesday night after his confrontation with a customer. DeKalb Police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the incident happened inside the suburban Atlanta restaurant after the patron allegedly dined-and-dashed.

Xin Xing Chen
(photo credit: China Cafeteria employee arrested for shooting a man over $5 Dollar Meal

Chen and another employee reportedly went outside in the parking lot to confront the diner who “left without paying for food,” said Spencer. The suspect then went back into the restaurant, grabbed a firearm and shot the customer. He also shot his co-worker by accident.

Officer Spencer told the AJC the incident was a triple shooting, but it’s unknown as to who the third victim is or if the alleged culprit accidentally shot himself.

Another China Cafeteria employee told Channel 2 his relative Chen had no choice but to shoot the customer.

The customer remains in critical condition and the employee who was shot remains in stable condition.

Police said an investigation continues.


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