He wore the uniform proudly, serving his country for four years in the Marine Corps.
He trained for danger, but danger found him at home in a Bedford drive thru.
“It’s tough,” said the victim’s brother-in-law Erick Stahl, himself an Afghanistan combat veteran. “Not everybody’s built to handle what we do overseas, and to see it at a McDonald’s, of all places, is sad.”
The victim, 25-year-old Justin Lampkins, was in his truck with friends, three vehicles back at the drive-through.
Suspect Evan Schaffer was in the first truck. When cars weren’t moving up to the window, “a horn was sounded. The accused got out of the first pick up truck and went back to the third truck which the victim was in and engaged and battered the victim. Punched him,” according to Bedford assistant police chief Joe DeWees.
Police say it’s not clear who honked the horn.
They say Shafer then walked away from the former Marine he’d just allegedly punched. They say friends tried to calm the suspect down but he went back to Justin’s truck.