An argument Wednesday evening between two employees at the Hinesville Burger King ended with one man taking a bullet in the arm.
According to HPD Chief of Detectives Maj. Thomas Cribbs, Gregory Fine, 24, and Vincent Brantley, 22, got into an altercation around 6:30 p.m. Brantley was asked by management to leave the restaurant on Highway 196 but returned about 40 minutes later. Fine was behind the counter.
Brantley allegedly walked up behind several customers waiting to order at the counter, took out a 9 mm handgun and fired once at Fine, striking him in the left arm, Cribbs said.
Brantley reportedly cursed, yelled and walked outside, where he encountered a patron from a nearby business. That patron, a Fort Stewart soldier, talked to Brantley and calmed him until police arrived, according to Cribbs.
Fine was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery.
Authorities have not said what caused the argument.
Brantley is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony and, because children were present at the time of the shooting, five counts of cruelty to children, third degree. Brantley made his first appearance in court Thursday morning, and his bond was set at $17,500.