Teen shot in the head while working at Phoenix fast food drive-thru

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Crime scene tape
Crime scene tape

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head through the drive-thru window of a fast food restaurant in the area of 19th and Glendale avenues Thursday night.

The Phoenix Police Department was investigating the scene Friday as an aggravated assault.

Officers arrived at the location about 8 p.m. Thursday where they found the teen employee suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

According to information gathered by police, one of the restaurant employees was involved in a verbal argument with a customer over an order at the drive-thru window of the business.

Reports said the customer walked up to the drive-thru window, pulled out a handgun and fired into the drive-thru window. A bullet hit the victim working inside the restaurant.

The suspect, whom police have identified as 27-year-old Theotis Polk, then jumped in the passenger side of a car and fled.

The 16-year-old boy was rushed to a hospital and remains in critical condition, according to police.

Detectives were searching through evidence, interviewing witnesses and looking for clues to help catch Polk, police said.

Sgt. Vincent Cole, a department spokesperson, confirmed on Friday evening that Phoenix officers arrested Polk without incident during a traffic stop near West Baseline Road and Interstate 10 in Tempe about 4:30 p.m.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact Phoenix police at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377) or 480-TESTIGO (480-837-8446) in Spanish.

Reach breaking news reporter Haleigh Kochanski at hkochanski@arizonarepublic.com or on Twitter @HaleighKochans.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Teen shot in head at Phoenix drive-thru near 19th and Glendale avenues