Furious customer shoots KFC employee at drive-thru after they ran out of corn

A raging KFC customer in the US shot an employee at a drive-thru after becoming angry when he discovered the fast food restaurant had run out of corn, police have said.

A 25-year-old employee has been hospitalised and is in critical condition following the shooting, which happened on Monday evening (December 12) at around 6:30pm in St Louis, Missouri.

According to investigators, the shooter entered the drive-thru lane of a KFC in the US city's Central West End neighbourhood and attempted to place an order.

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But the man, described as being in his 40s or 50s, started threatening the staff through the drive-thru speaker box when he was told there was no corn left, KMOV4 reports.

ABC News reports that the irate man, who was in possession of a handgun, then drove up to the window of the drive-thru.

An employee went outside to speak with the driver about the issue but returned to the restaurant saying that he had been shot by him, police say.

The victim was taken to hospital and is reported to currently be in a critical but stable condition.

The driver fled the scene after the shooting. As of Tuesday afternoon police have not arrested him and are continuing their search for the shooter.

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