A teen Burger King employee was shot and killed while working the late shift.
Kristal Bayron-Nieves had only been at the fast food chain’s Manhattan location for a few weeks when she told her bosses that she needed more security.
While working at a Burger King location, a teen girl was shot and killed.
Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19, was working at the time of the robbery, and video has surfaced of a masked thief brandishing a handgun at the restaurant’s staff in Manhattan, New York.
According to police, who have launched an investigation, it happened at 1 a.m. and a male customer was “pistol-whipped.”
Ms Bayron-Nieves was also killed, according to officers, after a female manager was punched in the face.
According to The Mirror, she had only started working at the fast food chain three weeks ago, according to sources close to her.
According to witnesses, she gave the robber around £70, but this has yet to be confirmed.
He turned around and shot her after taking the money.
Later, in the hospital, she was pronounced dead.
“She didn’t deserve to be mowed down while working at a Burger King,” a police source told the New York Post.
“We are sick and tired of the violence in our community,” said NYPD Community Affairs Chaplain Robert Rice.
“When will enough be enough? When will we put down the guns?”
Despite only being there for three weeks, her mother, Kristie Nieves, 36, said she had already requested “more security” because “she is only 19, and she has more than 50 homeless people sleeping in front of the store.”
The suspect is described as a “slim male dressed in dark clothing and wearing a black mask.”
The suspect is being sought for a reward of £2,500.
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On social media, the graphic video sparked outrage, with one person asking, “What is happening to this city?”
“Our government delights in failing its most vulnerable–the working middle class, young people who are being attacked in broad daylight–civilians,” wrote another.
A GoFundMe account has been created to assist the family with funeral expenses.
The family has raised around £1,000 of their £8,000 fundraising goal so far, with one individual donating around £150.
Burger King’s American arm has been contacted for comment on the branch’s security issues.