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Burger King employee who threatened his manager possessed a machete

Steven Ramirez (LVMPD)

A Burger King employee carrying a machete and rifle threatened his place of work and sent people running out of the restaurant.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says 37-year-old Steven Ramirez made the threats.

Police tell us Ramirez threatened to "shoot up" his place of work Tuesday night.

Ramirez became angry after his boss told him his hours were being cut.

Investigators tell us the threat happened after 8 p.m. at Rainbow Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue.

"He must have a lot of bills to pay," said customer Eric Hammer.

Police say Ramirez walked into the restaurant with an unloaded gun, asking for the manager. He had a 30-round magazine in his pocket.

The manager immediately called 911 and had six employees and four customers leave the restaurant.

Police credit the manager's quick thinking in making sure no one got hurt.

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Customer Ace Moore is glad the manager acted right away.

"The swift actions of the manager and also police is outstanding. It's keeping the community safe," said Moore.

After getting a search warrant, police also discovered a machete and rifle in Ramirez's backpack.

Ramirez gave up peacefully. Burger King management had no comment on what happened. Hammer says there is no reason for Ramirez to threaten his employer.

"Not that he overreacted. I don't feel sorry for him at all. Now he has to pay the consequences," said Hammer.

Police have charged Ramirez with two counts of possessing a concealed weapon and one count of possessing a gun by a prohibited person.

Ramirez is now at the Clark County Detention Center.

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