Trial begins for ‘no bacon’ McDonald’s drive-thru shooting suspect

Posted at 11:31 AM, Mar 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-24 22:18:58-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich,-- The trial of a Kent County woman accused of shooting at a McDonald's drive-thru after her burger didn't have bacon on it started Tuesday.

Shaneka Torres is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful discharge of a weapon and felony firearms in connection with the incident that happened in February 2014.  She faces a maximum of seven years behind bars.

Prosecutors say Torres was a passenger in a vehicle that went through the drive-thru at the McDonald’s near 28th Street and Madison SE in Grand Rapids early in the morning and placed an order for a burger with bacon.

Her attorney says Torres and her friend decided to go through the drive-thru after the club that night to get a meal she was promised as a result of an incorrect order a few days earlier. The defense attorney claims Torres and her friend were in a good mood, Torres even flirted with one of the McDonald's workers who took her order, and that she had no reason to be upset and intentionally fire a gun.

However, Essence Lake, a McDonald's employee who also worked the drive-thru that night, testified that Torres gave them an attitude when her order still wasn't right, and the burger she ordered did not have bacon on it.

Lake told the court when she went to let a coworker know about the incorrect order, she heard a popping noise. Lake said she initially thought it was a coffee pot that overheated and had exploded, but soon discovered a bullet hole in the window, about two feet higher than where she would have been standing.

No one was hurt in the shooting.

Attorneys are expected to call the driver to the stand at some point during the trial.