Man sentenced for Taco Bell drive-through shooting

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Brad Adams, 29, of Santa Rosa was sentenced by a judge on Wednesday for attempting to murder a Taco Bell customer in the fast food restaurant’s drive-through line. 

Adams was convicted in August of attempted murder and shooting at an occupied building. 

He was sentenced to serve 11 years to life in state prison. 

According to Sonoma County District Attorney Carla Rodriguez, “Mr. Adams terrorized and injured someone in our community. Mr. Adams earned the indeterminate prison sentence through his brazen behavior.”

The incident happened on May 4, 2022, at a Taco Bell on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa where Adams challenged another person to a fistfight while waiting in the drive-through line. 

Prosecutors said after the verbal challenge, Adams got out of his truck and pointed a handgun with a laser sight at the victim. 

Adams then got back in his truck and drove towards the drive-through’s exit. 

However, Adams got out of his truck again and told one of his passengers to drive the truck to the nearby Safeway store. 

“Adams then hid behind a retaining wall across from the drive-through and waited until the victim was getting his food from the pick-up window,” the DA’s Office wrote.

Adams fired two shots, hitting the victim in the wrist. The victim, a 22-year-old from Santa Rosa, called police and said he’d been shot. 

After the shooting, Adams ran off and abandoned his truck where officers found a a semi-automatic pistol, ammunition, ecstasy, and cocaine. 

He was arrested by police the following day in Brisbane. At the time of the shooting, Adams was a convicted felon and prohibited from owning firearms.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.