Man charged in fast-food shooting

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A Springfield man who was injured in a fatal fast food restaurant shootout that erupted over a spilled drink was arraigned on a murder charge Thursday.

Kenneth Hawkins, 25, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail by Springfield District Court Judge Jacques Leroy, who oversaw the arraignment in Baystate Medical Center. A bullet hit Hawkins in the neck during the shootout that killed Kameen Hallett, 18, early Monday morning.

Prosecutors did not comment on Hawkins’ condition.

Police say the shooting broke out following an argument over a spilled drink at the Kennedy Fried Chicken restaurant in downtown Springfield. Five people – including Hawkins – were wounded.

Another man, Aaron Ramsey, was arraigned earlier this week on charges related to the shooting. He pleaded innocent to illegally possessing a firearm and drug charges, but has not been charged with murder.

He has been ordered held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

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