Waiter shot dead by enraged customer for being too slow, say witnesses

Paris gunman lost his temper ‘as his sandwich wasn’t prepared quickly enough’

Mistral pizzeria: Waiter’s colleagues called police after he was shot in the shoulder  in  Noisy-le-Grand suburb, east of  Paris’s city centre, before dying. Photograph: Getty

Mistral pizzeria: Waiter’s colleagues called police after he was shot in the shoulder in Noisy-le-Grand suburb, east of Paris’s city centre, before dying. Photograph: Getty

 

A customer fatally shot a waiter at a pizzeria on the outskirts of Paris, apparently enraged at being made to wait for a sandwich, witnesses say.

The waiter’s colleagues called police after he was shot in the shoulder with a handgun in the Noisy-le-Grand suburb, 15km east of Paris’s city centre, on Friday night.

Attempts to revive the 28-year-old failed and he died at the scene.

The gunman, who a witness said lost his temper “as his sandwich wasn’t prepared quickly enough”, fled the scene. Police have opened a murder investigation.

With the shooter still on the run on Saturday, shocked residents gathered outside the pizza and sandwich eatery. “He was killed for a sandwich?” one asked, unbelievingly.

“It is sad,” said a 29-year-old woman. “It’s a quiet restaurant, without any problems. It just opened a few months ago.”

Others noted problems in the area, notably drug-dealing and public drunkenness. – Guardian