Eden Prairie police investigate report of fast food customer pulling gun on teens

November 20, 2018 10:40 PM

The Eden Prairie Police Department is investigating a report that an adult male displayed a gun after a verbal altercation with juveniles inside a McDonald's Monday night.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations referenced a blog that alleged the incident involved a "white man" pulling a gun on "black Muslim teens.”

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Cell phone video of part of the alleged encounter is on social media, that shows the teens and man arguing in line at the restaurant and then by the door, but no gun is visible in the video reviewed.

One of the Eden Prairie Somali teenagers in the video spoke to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS about the incident. They asked that their identity not be released, but said the man allegedly pulled the gun from his waistband when leaving the store.

"I felt very scared, very threatened, I could have died then and there,” the teenager said. “We've experienced the racism part but not the gun part."


That teen also told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that one of their phone apps didn't work when trying to pay for the food.

The teen alleged the man made a comment that they must be using an EBT card, a food stamp card to pay, saying that's why it didn't work.

The teenager said they asked the man if he made that comment because of their race.

They say he replied, "yes."

The video shows others in their group getting involved, voices raised on both sides, and tempers flared.

More from KSTP:

Eden Prairie police dispatchers received a 911 call regarding disorderly conduct at a McDonald's on the 500 block of Prairie Center Drive at around 8 p.m. Monday. The reporting party mentioned a large group of people causing a disturbance and stated one individual displayed a gun before leaving.

Police obtained video evidence and witness statements. The matter remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Eden Prairie Police at 952-949-6200.

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