A Haight Street fast-food restaurant that narrowly avoided a lawsuit regarding drug sales on its premises was the site of a shooting Thursday afternoon, raising questions over management's promises that illegal activity would be abated.
It was May of 2015 when McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook received a strongly worded letter from San Francisco's City Attorney Dennis Herrera regarding "numerous complaints regarding narcotics trafficking in and around" the McDonald's at Haight and Stanyan Streets. This, after the current owner of the location "refused to address the issues," Herrera said, hence their pursuit of the company, itself.
In an effort to avoid legal sanctions, McDonald's promised to add security cameras, to fence off parts of the property, to prohibit use of the parking lot after business hours, and to employ a security guard would be on site during all hours of operation. That same McDonald's was open for business Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., when a male victim was shot on the restaurant's grounds, CBS 5 reports.
According to NBC Bay Area, the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The San Francisco Police Department has released few details on the victim, saying only that he is a 28-year-old male.
The Chron reports that no arrests have been made, and no suspect information has been released.
As previously noted, this McDonald's is no stranger to police activity — even that of the non-drug-dealer variety. In January of 2016 observant semi-homeless man Matthew Hay-Chapman spotted one of three escaped convicts from an Orange County prison waiting in line for coffee at that very restaurant. Hay-Chapman alerted police, who nabbed two of the three convicts (the third had turned himself in the day before).
Hay-Chapman ended up collecting a six-figure reward for his actions. That case was recently back in the news when a video made by one of the escaped convicts during their brief bout on the outside was released to the media, in which the two escapees arrested in SF celebrate their soon-to-end freedom.