A 16-year-old girl was shot to death through the drive-thru windows of the McDonald’s she worked at in Elko, Nevada. Kylee Leniz, 16, was immediately rushed to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital after the incident, which took place at around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, but she sadly didn’t survive her injuries. The gunman, 24-year-old Justin Michael Mullis, has been arrested.
- The attack was said to be entirely random. According to police, Mullis walked up to the Idaho Street McDonald’s drive-thru window on Sunday evening and open fire, hitting Leniz. There was zero connection between the suspect and victim and as Fox 13 reports, the crime was said to be completely random.
- Mullis fled the scene but later turned himself in. On Monday afternoon, an acquaintance of Mullis’ drove him to the local police station where he was questioned by investigators and ultimately arrested and charged with one count of “Open Murder,” which includes both first and second degree murder as well as voluntary and involuntary manslaughter.
- Elko Police Department thanked the public for their help with the case. “The Elko Police Department would like to thank the community for all of the tips that came in during the course of this investigation,” they wrote in a Facebook statement following Mullis’s arrest. They had made public several CCTV images of the suspect prior and called for any witnesses or anyone who might know something about the identity of the shooter to come forward.
- McDonald’s has expressed their sadness about Leniz’s death. McDonald’s spokesman Chris Kassity said in a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that we lost one of our Elko employees and are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the employee during this deeply difficult time. We are fully cooperating with local law enforcement as they continue to investigate this tragedy.”