LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Employees at a Lee’s Summit Burger King say a father and son`s heated fight started inside the restaurant and ended outside with gunshots. The shooting happened Friday night when police say Shaquil J. Roland fired at least 10 shots, killing his adoptive father, Tony Dennis.
Nickie Dennis said that on Friday night she and her nephew, 33-year-old Tony Dennis of Kansas City, talked briefly on the phone. She had no idea that it would be their last conversation.
“Disbelief. I thought it was all a dream; that this could not be happening. I thought maybe it was a robbery or something on his job when he was shot, but when they told me that it was Shaq, I just couldn`t believe it,” she said.
For less than a year, Dennis worked as a manager at the Burger King. Relatives say he also helped his adopted son, 19-year-old Roland, get a job there.
“Tony, just, he took a real good interest in Shaq,” said Dennis.
According to a probable cause statement, employees told police the father and son first argued and then fought inside the fast food restaurant.
“I would like to know why,” said Dennis.
Another relative told FOX 4 that Tony Dennis recently bought his son a car, and that Roland became angry after his dad wouldn`t let him drive it until he got his license. Employees told police minutes later, Roland shot his father multiple times outside in the Burger King parking lot.
Nickie Dennis says Tony Dennis repeatedly tried to help the troubled teen turn his life around.
“I do know he was going through therapy. That was my nephew`s son and I loved him. I don`t think he understands really what he did. I`ll pray for him,” she said.
Roland is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He remains in jail on a $200,000 bond.