Pair charged in shooting over spicy chicken sandwich at local Burger King, Memphis police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police say a man and a woman are behind bars after a shooting over a spicy chicken sandwich at a local fast-food restaurant.

On June 6, police received a call to the Burger King at 2641 N. Hollywood, according to an affidavit.

A female passenger in a car was reportedly involved in an altercation with employees over a spicy chicken sandwich.

She was later identified as Keonna Halliburton, 20.

The driver, later identified as Tavarus Mckinney, 22, was inside a red Ford Escape with drive-out tags, records show.

After the altercation, the pair left then returned in the car, firing multiple shots from the road into the parking lot, the affidavit said.

Shots were fired at four people. Two were hit by the gunfire.

On June 14, two of the victims gave a statement about the shooting and identified Mckinney and Halliburton.

They’re charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of employment of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

FOX13 spoke with an uncle of one of the four people shot at while working in the Burger King on June 6.

“She was very much shaken up, but she is a brave woman. She is still there,” he said. “By the grace of God, she is good.”

The man’s niece said Halliburton complained about a chicken sandwich having too much hot sauce on it.

“At some point in time, you need to grow up in life. It’s already as it is. Now you’re dealing with unnecessary BS,” he said. “I would have cooked it however you want it. All of this over some BS.”

Halliburton and Mckinney aren’t the first local customers to wind up behind bars over Burger King.

Keona Jackson was arrested back in April for shooting at employees at a Hickory Hill Burger King over a long wait in the drive-thru line.

The unidentified man said his wife works at that Burger King.

“I wish my wife would quit and let me carry on with everything because it’s dangerous out here.”

Back in 2020, Oderrial Moore-Williams, a former worker at an Orange Mound Burger King, became angry at a customer, and then pulled a gun on her. according to police.

“Everyone is on a short fuse, so I just think people could talk things over a bit, rather than want to hurt someone, " said Alphonso Wells, Memphis resident.

In a statement to FOX13, Burger King said employees at this location are doing well and called the act of violence inexcusable.

“We do not tolerate or condone violence of any kind at Burger King restaurants because the safety of team members and guests is our top priority. Fortunately, team members are doing well after this inexcusable act of violence,” the Burger King statement read. “The franchisee has been and will continue to fully cooperate with authorities on their investigation.”