New York City police are hunting for a killer after a worker was stabbed to death early Monday morning at a McDonald's restaurant in the Bronx, reported New York's WABC. The 28-year-old victim, Adam Garcia, was stabbed in the chest just before 4:30 a.m. and was pronounced dead shortly after 5 a.m. at a local hospital.
The police department said it responded to a 911 call at 4:27 a.m. and found Garcia with "multiple stab wounds to the torso," according to Gothamist. The McDonald's is across the street from the NYPD's 50th Precinct, and police were able to quickly respond to the call, WABC reported.
The New York Daily News reported, citing anonymous sources, that Garcia got into an argument with the man, and after he was forced to leave, he returned to the restaurant and stabbed Garcia in the neck and chest. The victim died at 5:08 a.m. at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Allen Pavilion.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, who police believe to be homeless, in his mid-30s wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans, according to WNYW-TV in New York. An anonymous source told the station the suspect may have visited the restaurant multiple times during the day. AM New York reported that he was a regular at the restaurant. The suspect fled the scene and no arrests had been made.
"I am saddened and shocked by this morning's horrible incident," McDonald's owner and operator Chris Trefz said in a statement, via AM New York. "The safety of my customers and employees remains a top priority and I will assist the New York City Police Department in their investigation in any way possible."
The restaurant was closed Monday after the fatal stabbing. The NYPD tweeted Monday morning that the city saw 350 murders in 2015, a figure it reported was down more than 32 percent from a half-decade ago. The city saw 328 killings in 2014, the lowest figure since 1963, according to the New York Times.
In 2015, NYC's 8.5mil residents saw fewer than 350 murders, down more than 32% from just 5 years ago; stay tuned to NYPDnews for more at 1pm
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) January 4, 2016