Albany murder blamed on dispute over fast food order

ALBANY – The man killed outside the KFC / Taco Bell restaurant on Delaware Avenue on Thursday was reportedly shot dead by an employee after arguing over a food order, sources told The Times Union.

Police identified the man as Andrew Miller, 36, from Albany. Department spokesman Steve Smith said no arrests had been made and the investigation was ongoing. Smith said he had no information about what led to the shooting.

However, sources close to the investigation confirmed that a restaurant employee shot Miller after the two had an argument. It was not immediately clear what had triggered the dispute. No one answered the phone at the restaurant on Friday afternoon.

Miller’s death is the city’s 17th homicide this year, which equates to the number of homicides in Albany for the whole of 2020.

The police investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is welcome to call detectives or send advice to

Miller’s death was the third shooting incident in the past week in the city. On Wednesday, two 16-year-old teenagers, a boy and a girl, were shot dead in a major altercation near the intersection of Quail Street and Washington Avenue. Neither the injuries to the teenagers were fatal.

Two teenagers were also shot dead last Saturday when a 16-year-old Watervliet teenager shot a 17-year-old on North Allen Street before accidentally shooting himself in the leg. The two teenagers were taken to the hospital at Albany Medical Center. The 16-year-old suspect faces a charge of attempted murder.

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