ST. LOUIS – A man shot a Kentucky Fried Chicken employee Monday evening in St. Louis in a dispute that intensified when the restaurant ran “out of corn,” police say.

The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday at the KFC restaurant in the 5000 block of Delmar Boulevard in the Central West End neighborhood.

Investigators say a suspect was in the restaurant’s drive-thru when he tried to place an order, and one employee informed him the business was out of corn. After that, the suspect reportedly made threats toward the employee from the speaker box.

A short time later, the suspect pulled up to a drive-thru window with a handgun. A 25-year-old employee went outside to talk with the driver; then, he returned to the restaurant with a gunshot wound.

Police say the victim is in critical but stable condition and is currently hospitalized with injuries.

The suspect took off from the restaurant after the gunfire. Police described the suspect as a Black man, around 40-50 years of age and thinly built with a scruffy beard. He was last seen wearing a blue jean jacket with a gray hood and sleeves.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is handling the investigation.