Woman found guilty in McDonald’s drive-thru shooting case

Shaneka Torres appears in Kent County District Court for the second day of her trial. (March 25, 2015)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A jury found a woman guilty of all counts connected to a shooting at a McDonald’s drive-thru window after the suspect received a bacon cheeseburger order without the bacon on the sandwich.

Shaneka Torres was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, discharge of a firearm in or at an occupied building and felony firearms. Torres could spend time in prison. She has been allowed to remain on bond until her sentencing hearing next month.

During closing arguments on Wednesday, prosecutors said Torres “intended to shoot into McDonald’s because she was pissed off” about getting wrong order.

According to police, the workers got her order wrong, leaving the bacon off her burger, so she went back early the next day with the promise of a free meal. Again, police said, the staff didn’t give Torres the bacon on her cheeseburger and that’s when Torres shot at the drive-thru window.

Defense Attorney John R. Beason challenged the police report claiming the Grand Rapids Police Department didn’t fully investigate the case and determine the trajectory of the bullet. He says that would have helped prove his theory that the gunshot was fired accidentally.

Conversations between a police officer and Torres, which were caught on dash cam video following the February 2014 incident at a Grand Rapids McDonald’s, were played in court Wednesday.

The audio was difficult to hear, but an officer who took the stand on Wednesday during Torres’ trial paraphrased, saying Torres told him the gun went off on accident while she was digging around in her purse for money. She also told the officer that not having bacon on her burger did not play a role in the shooting.

Torres told police she bought the handgun legitimately, but didn’t have a license to carry in concealed.

A total of three Grand Rapids police officers testified Wednesday. One officer said he searched Torres’ home and found a McDonald’s bag, shell casing and a handgun.

Wayne Woods, a McDonald’s employee who was working on the night of the shooting, testified that Torres was flirting with him at the cash window and gave him her phone number. He said she seemed to be in a good mood.

Woods said he never saw what happened at the food pickup window; he just heard a loud noise.

Three other witnesses testified on Tuesday, including the person who was driving the car Torres was in at the time of the shooting.

Torres never took the stand in her own defense during her trial.

The defense attorney asked for a ‘not guilty’ verdict on two of the three counts, telling the jury to do what they felt necessary on the charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

In the end they decided with the prosecution — that she was guilty on all counts.

“I think the actions that Ms. Torres took were outrageous,” said Josh Kuiper, the Kent County assistant prosecutor that handled the case. “[Torres] mentioned in the interview [with police] it was a dumb decision and it certainly was a dumb decision that put a number of employees at McDonald’s in harms way.”

Torres faces prison time and normally would have been immediately remanded to the Kent County Jail but the judge allowed her to remain on bond before her sentencing.

He said he made the decision in part because Torres’ cousin was the victim shot outside the Chicken Coop restaurant over the weekend and his funeral is in the coming days.

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