Richmond County Investigator William Leisey said the incident occurred about 3:50 a.m. at the McDonalds at Deans Bridge and Barton Chapel roads. The men were going through the restaurants 24-hour drive-through and were trying to take apart a handgun when one of the men accidentally pulled the trigger and the gun fired, the investigator said.
The victim was shot in the right arm and the stomach. He was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and was in critical condition, Investigator Leisey said.
The man holding the gun when it went off, Harold Brown Jr., was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, he said.