Police are investigating after a man pulled out a gun and tried to enter a Popeyes Chicken restaurant in Houston, Texas, late Monday, reportedly demanding the fast-food chain’s famed chicken sandwich that was recently sold out.
“Male pulled a gun on employees of restaurant after they ran out of chicken sandwich,” Houston Police announced on Twitter late Sept. 2.
Southeast officers are at 7100 Scott. Male pulled a gun on employees of restaurant after they ran out of chicken sandwich. 202 pic.twitter.com/xC6jlmwJeD
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) September 3, 2019
Employees said that a group of six—three men, two women, and a baby—were informed at the drive-thru that the restaurant’s chicken sandwiches were sold out, according to ABC7. This was when one man decided to pull out a gun.
Houston Police said the incident happened around 8:45 p.m. at the Popeyes on the corner of Scott St. and Corder St., according to Fox 26. When the gun was pulled out, the employees ran out the back.
News station ABC13 was informed by the employees that the group tried to get inside the restaurant, but an employee managed to lock them out.
No one was injured and the group left the scene in a blue Tahoe, Fox 26 reported.
Popeyes launched its new crispy chicken sandwich in select stores on Aug. 12. Social media was abuzz following the announcement of the new sandwich, in part prompted by a tongue-in-cheek online feud with its fast-food competitor, Chick-fil-A, according to CBS News.
Chicken. Brioche. Pickles. New. Sandwich. Popeyes. Nationwide. So. Good. Forgot. How. Speak. In. Complete. Sandwiches. I mean, sentences. pic.twitter.com/14kXBv4jJw
— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken) August 12, 2019
On Aug. 27, the company announced on Twitter that it was sold out of the in-demand item.
“We love that you love The Sandwich,” the company wrote, adding an accompanying photo of the seemingly delectable food item.
Y’all. We love that you love The Sandwich. Unfortunately we’re sold out (for now). pic.twitter.com/Askp7aH5Rr
— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken) August 27, 2019
On Aug. 28, Popeyes encouraged its new sandwich fans to download a phone app to be notified when the crispy chicken item makes a comeback. That notification has yet to come through.
We hear y’all. We’re working to get The Sandwich back as soon as possible. If you want to be first to know when it happens, download our app and turn on those push notifications. Thanks for sticking with us! pic.twitter.com/UaIkGFMr3n
— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken) August 28, 2019