Jestin Anthony Joseph walked into a McDonald’s in Fort Worth, Texas and asked for a cup of water. He then pulled a gun, pointed it at employees and guests and demanded their possessions.
Fort Worth police say video shows Joseph pulling the trigger at least five times while aiming at individuals. The gun failed to fire. Joseph stepped outside, pointed the gun in the air and pulled the trigger again. The gun fired.
Twice the man went outside and successfully fired the gun, once into the air and later toward a passing car. No one was injured.
Police could not explain why the gun didn't fire inside the store.
“I've never seen anything like that before,” said Sgt. Joe Loughman.
About four hours before the robbery, Joseph’s mother had gone to the Allen police station and told officers that she feared her son was suicidal.
“He said, ‘They’re trying to kill me, Mama! I’m going to die tonight! I’m going to die tonight!’” the mother recounted in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.
The mother said she believes that her son had a mental breakdown, just as his father did a few years ago. She said she believes it runs in his father’s family.
Joseph’s mother said she believes the gun malfunctioned “because we were praying.”
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