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INDIANAPOLIS — All Monique McNeely wanted was a morning cup of coffee and some fast food for her daughter.
Instead, she found herself shooting video through the window of her car at about 2:30 a.m. Friday in the drive-through lane of an Indianapolis McDonald’s.
She had watched as customers in front of her climbed through the drive-through window to shout and throw punches at the restaurant’s manager in an argument over Chicken McNuggets — and she decided to record it.
“I had just placed my order and I was driving around the corner when I heard all this shouting,” McNeely said Saturday. “And I saw two girls just dive through the drive-through window. Then I started recording, because I knew this was going to be an important video.”
McNeely shot several videos with her smartphone. In the first, you can see a woman inside the restaurant, leaning halfway out of the drive-through window and throwing punches back at someone inside. In the second video, the same woman and another woman climb back out through the window, hurl some loud threats, then get in their car before driving away.
“It was shocking to see what was happening,” said McNeely, who is from Texas and was visiting Indianapolis with her daughter for a band competition. “I was like ‘What happened? What did I just witness?’ “
At any point did she fear for her own safety?
“I was worried that they were going to see me. If you see the video, you can see me trying to hide behind the wheel. There was a point where I knew they saw me, but then they just got back in their car and drove off.”
She does catch the license plate of the suspects’ car for a few moments in the video. McNeely went back to her hotel room, posted the video on Facebook and shared it with a few friends. She also turned it over to the restaurant, who gave it to the police.
And then McNeely went to sleep. When she woke up, her phone had blown up with messages and calls. When she went downstairs, she heard hotel employees talking about the “Chicken McNugget incident.” Later the…