Hialeah

Punches, then gunfire in McDonald’s drive-thru land two in jail

Was it a bad case of the munchies?

Police aren’t quite sure what elevated a disagreement in a McDonald’s drive-thru to fisticuffs and gunfire.

So they’re calling the dispute, which started with a blaring horn, a classic case of road rage.

The chaos at the Hialeah McDonald’s late Monday resulted in a man getting shot — and the man who shot him not being charged. The wounded man and a woman with him were charged with battery for punching out the guy who shot them.

“The investigation revealed this was a self-defense case,” said Hialeah Police Sgt. Carl Zogby. “Mr. Saavedra is properly licensed for concealed weapons carry in Florida.”

In the end, Sergio Hernandez, 21, was arrested and charged with simple battery. Vanessa Ivette Puente, 20, was also charged with battery. Police said they are a couple.

Victor Saavedra, who fired his weapon in the drive-thru shooting, was not charged with a crime. Police determined he fired in self-defense.

According to police, the fight began at about 8:35 p.m. Monday at a McDonald’s at 1660 W. 68th St. That’s when Saavedra was in his car in line behind Hernandez and Puente. Police said when Hernandez got out of his car and approached the food window, someone in a car behind Saavedra began honking.

Puente, thinking it was Saavedra, got out of her car and started pounding on Saavedra’s window, police said. When Saavedra got out of his car, Puente punched him in the back of the head and Hernandez joined in.

That’s when, according to police, Saavedra drew a Glock 9mm handgun from his waistband and fired once into Hernandez’s groin. The wound is not considered life-threatening.

When Saavedra tried to call 911, police said Puente smacked the phone out of his hand.

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

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