4-time felon shot Wendy’s drive-thru worker because his food wasn’t ready: prosecutors

Aaron Collins is accused of shooting a drive-thru worker at Wendy’s, 8740 South Lafayette. (Chicago Police Department, Google)

CHICAGO — A four-time convicted felon has been jailed as a safety risk after prosecutors said he opened fire on a South Side fast food restaurant drive-thru window because his order was not ready.

Aaron Collins, 34, “was so incensed by a trivial matter—not having his fast food order ready—that he got out of [his] car and fired into Wendy’s 3 times, striking a cashier,” Judge Ankur Srivastava wrote in a detention order. The judge said the alleged crime is “so violent and horrific” that electronic monitoring, which could allow Collins to move freely two days a week, could not protect the public. Srivastava also noted Collins’ status as a four-time felon.

Officials said that Collins went to the restaurant at 8740 South Lafayette to pick up a late-night meal around 1 a.m. on April 4. But he allegedly became irate about the untimely fulfillment of his order and opened fire on the drive-thru window.

A 20-year-old woman working the drive-thru cash register suffered a gunshot wound to her left upper arm, prosecutors said in their detention petition. A security camera recorded the shooting.

Chicago police located Collins weeks later and arrested him as he exited his car. Prosecutors say the officers found a loaded pistol stuffed next to the driver’s seat. He faces charges of aggravated battery by discharging a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Court records show he was found not guilty of shooting at an occupied vehicle in 2009.

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