ABBEVILLE, La. (KPEL News) - Imagine you are sitting in a drive-thru waiting for your food to be ready when gunshots start sounding off.

And the gunfire is headed in your direction!

A similar situation happened at the McDonald's on Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville two weeks ago. Abbeville Police say officers responded to the area around 11:00 p.m. on June 6th. When they arrived, victims and witnesses described a black male in a hoodie as being the suspect who walked past a vehicle in the drive-thru lane and shot multiple rounds from a semi-automatic weapon, hitting the vehicle numerous times. The victim and juvenile got out of the vehicle and ran for safety.

McDonald's and Circle K, google street view
McDonald's and Circle K, google street view

Witnesses say the suspect ran across the street towards Circle K then down Nugier Street.

Officers say that suspect - 28-year-old Clarence Matthews, Jr. of Abbeville - was identified using surveillance video. Police say he was arrested at the scene of another shooting that happened a week later.

Matthews currently sits in the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office Jail on a bond set at $1,125,000.00.

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Vermilion Parish Jail, google street view

If you have any information about this crime or any other crime, call the Abbeville Police Department at (337) 893-2511. You can also contact the tips line at (337) 892-6777. All callers may remain anonymous. Citizens may also send anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers of Vermilion Parish by calling (337) 740-TIPS or the P3 app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or at Google Play Store.

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