A Brooklyn man accused of shooting a McDonald’s employee in the neck during an argument over cold fries is being held without bail and will likely face murder charges after the victim was declared brain-dead following Monday’s shooting.
Michael Morgan, 20, kept his eyes down and didn’t speak as he was arraigned on Thursday for the attempted murder of fast food joint worker Matthew Webb, 23, who remains on life support.
Assistant District Attorney Luis Paternina said upgraded charges are likely against Morgan, who is being held without bail pending another court appearance next week.
Morgan was also arraigned in a separate October 2020 murder that he reportedly confessed to earlier this week.
That murder happened just six blocks away from where Webb was shot outside a McDonald’s in Bedford-Stuyvesant following a heated spat with the suspect’s mother who was complaining about cold French fries.
Video surveillance reportedly shows Morgan punching Webb in the face, and when the worker tried to get up, he shoots him in the neck before fleeing the scene, and attempting to dispose of his clothing, prosecutors alleged.
McDonald’s employee Matthew Webb, 23, is brain dead after he was shot in the neck during a confrontation over cold fries in Brooklyn on Monday. The suspect’s mother Lisa Fulmore snapped this picture of Webb minutes before he was allegedly shot by her son Michael Morgan
Michael Morgan, 20, was taken into custody shortly after the Monday evening shooting outside a Brooklyn McDonald’s that left 23-year-old Matthew Webb bleeding on a nearby sidewalk (pictured)
Morgan was taken into custody Monday night. His girlfriend, Camellia Dunlap, has also been charged in connection with the case after she allegedly handed Morgan the gun prior to the shooting, prosecutors said.
Webb, 23, who was found lying on the sidewalk after being shot, blood streaming into the street, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and has since been declared brain dead. He remains on life support at this time.
‘Your Honor, the people anticipate a homicide charge on this case given the victim is currently on life support,’ Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Luis Paternina told Judge Inga O’Neale during Morgan’s arraignment.
‘The victim has been transported to Brookdale Hospital and has been brain-dead. The family now has to make the difficult decision [to take him off life support].’
Webb’s devastated mother spoke to the New York Post outside Brooklyn’s Brookdale Hospital.
‘I’m really not ready for this,’ she said. ‘I’m just going back and forth with so many flashes in mind. My mind is not stable.’
Morgan is facing upgraded charges after Webb was declared brain dead and has also been charged with murder in relation to killing in October 2020 that happened just six blocks away
Morgan could be seen hunched over in the back of a police car as he was taken away on Wednesday
The tragic events unfolded around 7 p.m. on Monday after the suspect’s mother Lisa Fulmore, 40, returned to McDonald’s on Fulton Street to complain about her fries being cold.
Morgan, who was on FaceTime with his mother during the confrontation, showed up at the eatery where he intervened, authorities said.
Fulmore claims that her son was acting in self-defense and that the McDonald’s employee was still on the clock when he left the restaurant and went looking for her son following the spat.
Morgan and one of the employees, Webb, got into a dispute of their own inside the restaurant that at some point spilled outside and resulted in Morgan allegedly shooting the victim in the neck.
Relatives of Webb could be seen praying and in tears as they feared for their loved-ones life
Relatives can be seen consoling each other in grief outside the Brookdale hospital as 23-year-old Matthew Webb continues to fight for his life after being shot in the face on Monday night
Morgan had previously been arrested several times, including for grand larceny in 2019 and assault and theft of service in 2018, police sources said. He also has numerous sealed arrest cases.
Morgan is alleged to have killed 28-year-old Kevin Holloman after being shot three times in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Holloman was shot in front of an apartment building on Herkimer St. near Rochester Avenue. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police said.
‘For a while we tried to make an arrest and get this guy off the street,’ police said. ‘The guy should be behind bars, should be in jail.’
‘I am relieved but it will never bring my brother back,’ Gardenia Holloman, 32, Kevin Holloman’s sister, told The Daily News. ‘So it’s bittersweet.’
‘He was life of the party. All he did was dance and make you laugh, and he was loving and kind. He was a wonderful uncle to three little girls and he loved them.
‘He was a mama’s boy. Him and my mom were very close. My mother passed away right after him. She died of a broken heart. It messed my mother up badly. She couldn’t take it.’
Morgan is alleged to have killed 28-year-old Kevin Holloman after being shot three times in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
The 2020 murder of Holloman happened just six blocks away from Monday’s McDonald’s shooting.
Morgan’s mother told DailyMail.com that her son had left the store on Monday and that 10-15 minutes had passed before the McDonald’s employee came over to her and asked where her son was before walking out of the store after him.
‘He went looking for my son,’ she said. ‘The next thing you know, maybe like 10 minutes later, you hear a gunshot. So I ran to the door.’
Fulmore told the New York Post on Tuesday that she had spoken to her son after the shooting.
‘I talked to my son with the cops. My son is just saying that he gotta do what he gotta do and the [victim] came after him and whatever happened, happened,’ she said.
Fulmore further explained to DailyMail.com that her son was only defending himself after the employee came looking for him several minutes after the heated spat.
‘My son was gone from the restaurant and boy was asking me for my son while he was still on the clock… he went looking for my son,’ she said.
She added that she didn’t know about the 9mm gun he allegedly had on him.
‘I don’t promote him having a gun or shooting anyone,’ she said. ‘I feel really bad that this boy is fighting for his life, and very sad I can’t fix this.’
The Brooklyn mom then explained what led up to the shooting after she ordered McDonald’s on her phone and went to the location on Fulton Street to pick it up.
‘The fries were cold,’ Fulmore said. ‘I asked the girl to change the French fries because the fries was cold. She went to the French fry machine for maybe 10 seconds and brought back fries, so I thought they was new fries, so I had left.’
‘I asked her, ‘Why would you give me the same fries and just put one or two on top to make me think that you gave me new fries?’ She started laughing, and all of them started laughing, acting like it’s funny,’ Fulmore said.
‘I was like, ‘What’s funny? I paid for food, and I should get what I asked for.’ They laughed at me.
‘One of them was like, ‘All of this over fries?’ So now I’m arguing with them back and forth.
The boy where they cook the food at was like, ‘You got all this food in your teeth,’ ‘ Fulmore recalled — speaking of the employee who was later shot.
‘So I said, ‘You wanna take it out? You’re saying I got all this food in my teeth, you wanna take it out?’
When Fulmore asked to speak to the manager, she says she was met with laughter.
‘Everybody started laughing again,’ she said.
‘This is when I was on the phone with my son. I was like, ‘They in this McDonald’s playing with me.’ I was like, I got kids their age, I’m not going to sit here and keep arguing with these little kids.
‘He was like, ‘I’m coming down the block.
‘I was like, ‘All right.’ … Then I told him, ‘No, don’t come to McDonald’s because I don’t want you to get in trouble,’ ‘ the mom said.
But he had already arrived in her defense.
‘He was like, ‘I’m coming in.’ So he came in. He heard them saying stuff to me, so he was like, ‘You all gotta back off my mother.’
‘My son said, ‘Come outside’ to the boy in the back,’ she said, referring to Webb, who was later shot.
She said Webb did not go outside at that point, and kept telling her son to leave so he wouldn’t get in trouble.
‘So I’m thinking my son was gone,’ she said. ‘I’m thinking it was over because my son left the store.’
But Fulmore said about 10 or 15 minutes had passed before Webb came over and asked where her son was. She responded that he had left and that the worker should mind his own business.
But ‘he went looking for my son,’ she said. ‘The next thing you know, maybe like 10 minutes later, you hear a gunshot. So I ran to the door. I said, ‘Who’s shooting?”
She said someone replied, ‘Your son.
‘I looked, and I seen a boy on the ground, and then I saw my son running the other way. I called 911, and then I sat there and waited.’
When asked if her son had a gun, the mom said she didn’t know, adding, ‘I don’t even know if my son did that,’ referring to the shooting.
‘The only thing I know is that my son was arguing with the boy and the boy did go out looking for my son.’
She also told the Post that the victim changed his shirt at one point, ‘and he had something under the blue shirt, that’s why he put the big blue shirt on.’
Law enforcement sources told the Post the victim had no prior arrests and there is no indication he was carrying a weapon when he was gunned down.
Morgan’s mother told the Post that ‘There was no reason for him to go outside looking for somebody.
‘Whatever happened outside, you caused that to happen,’ she added.
The 23-year-old worker was shot in the neck following an argument over cold French fries
The woman was FaceTiming with her 20-year-old son when the argument happened prompting him to show up at the McDonald’s and open fire, police allege
Another man told ABC 7 that ‘we need to get the proliferation of guns out of New York City’
A local business owner told the Post she heard a ‘pop’ and ‘thought it was a firecracker’ when the gun went off.
‘I was scared. That’s why I didn’t run to the scene. You don’t know who is around,’ she told the Post. When she came outside, she saw the young man laying on the ground.
‘I feel like crying. You shot someone over French fries?’
Another witness wondered where the 20-year-old got the gun before calling Fulton Street the ‘craziest street.’
‘It’s getting worse, and the shooters are getting younger. They have lost their sense of direction,’ he told the Post. ‘It says something when a mother is with her son who is carrying a gun.’
The man also said there were two officers ‘at the corner all week,’ but they were not there at the time of the shooting.
‘They should be at every single corner every day,’ he said.
Another man told ABC 7 that ‘we need to get the proliferation of guns out of New York City.’
‘We got to teach people, once again, civility and how to respect each other and how important life is.’
New York City has been experiencing a heightened sense of crime over the past few years since the pandemic began and guns – especially ghost guns – have become an increasing problem in the five boroughs.
Crime is up nearly 40 percent in the Big Apple, although shootings are down 5.8 percent. NYC does have an increasing gun problem and many young people are being found with weapons
Overall crime and robbery is up a shocking 39 percent. Rape and assault are also up 11 and 19 percent, respectively.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, 61, has promised New Yorkers time and time again that he will crack down on crime, and even ran his election campaign on it.
A few weeks ago, he promised citizens again, stating: ‘We’re going to turn this crime thing around, and when we do so, people are going to really see the progress we’ve made in other parts of the city.’
He also went on to blame the city’s criminal justice system for the increase in violence.
‘It is unfortunate the climate we’re working under … where the entire criminal-justice apparatus has turned away from the public and the rights of the public to live safe in their city,’ he said.
‘We took almost 3,800 guns off the streets, and many of the people who had carried those guns were able to return to the streets.’