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UPDATE: Michigan City Police name suspect in Burger King shooting

Deiondrai Thompkins // Photo provided

UPDATE: Michigan City police have obtained an arrest warrant for Deiondrai Thompkins, 20, of Michigan City. The warrant is in connection with a shooting Wednesday night at a Burger King in Michigan City.

The Michigan City Police Department gave that information in a press release Thursday afternoon. The arrest warrant is for one count of attempted murder, one count of aggravated battery and two counts of criminal recklessness.

Thompkins has not been located, Michigan City police said.

Police say Thompkins should be considered armed and dangerous. They ask anyone with information to contact the Michigan City Police Department.

The shooting outside the Michigan City restaurant Wednesday night left a 17-year-old wounded. Thompkins worked at the Burger King and got into an argument with another employee, police say. They believe that argument ended in the shooting.

Now the president of the company that operates the Franklin Street restaurant is talking to WSBT 22. Police say the victim is 17-years-old and is OK now. The president of Quality Dining, which owns the restaurant, says something like this can happen anywhere. And one peace advocate says it's time this stops happening in Michigan City.

Kyron Williams is the founder of a Facebook page called Stop the Violence Michigan City.

"Man, just talk it out. Talk it out. You don't got to go get a gun,” Williams said. “That's the last thing you should do is get a gun."

He's calling on young men to solve their problems like men.

"Maybe myself and other men can reach out to help these people, to get them off the streets and give them something positive to do," Williams said.

Williams points out bullets can hit people and things they weren't meant for, like a window at a nearby Walgreens that was hit by a bullet from the Wednesday shooting.

Dchylea May walks past the area of the shooting on her way to work, and she says she's surprised about the shooting.

"I'll be more aware. I definitely will let a lot of my friends know because I'm not the only one that frequents up and down this highway," May said.

WBST 22 spoke to John Firth, the president of Quality Dining, which owns the Burger King.

"When the shooting occurred, as I understand it, there were employees in the restaurant that heard the shots. Each one of them immediately called 911," Firth said.

Firth says employees quickly helped identify the suspect and where the person lives. He says the victim and the alleged shooter know each other.

"It's a terribly unfortunate situation, but I do think in terms of the location where it occurred, that was just essentially random,” Firth said

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