A man was wounded in a shooting Thursday night outside a Lancaster city McDonald’s.

The victim, a 21-year-old Mountville man, was shot in the lower torso about 6:45 p.m. outside McDonald’s at 575 N. Franklin St. by McCaskey High School, police reported.

A “verbal dispute” led to gunshots, according to city police.

The victim underwent surgery and is expected to be released from a local hospital sometime Friday, according to city police Det. Lt. Michael Winters.

Winters said Friday that no one has been charged and police are working to identify who shot the man.

Police are also looking into how many shots were fired and if there were multiple shooters.

No one inside the restaurant was hurt, according to police. The restaurant was locked down after the shooting.

Officers interviewed witnesses, including McDonald’s customers and staff, to collect information. Those witnesses reported that a verbal argument preceded the shots. Police are still working to determined what the dispute was over.

"There was some kind of disturbance outside the restaurant and shots were fired," Winters said. "We're not sure how many shots were fired, or how many people may have been shooting."

The victim arrived at the hospital in a private vehicle.

Initially, there was confused radio chatter between officers over what happened. Police didn’t learn of a victim until he arrived at the hospital.

One radio report said the victim left the scene in a red van. It was also reported that the shooter fled, with several others, in a gray Ford Explorer.

Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 735-3300. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Lancaster City/County CrimeStoppers (1-800-322-1913) or text LANCS plus a message to 847411 (TIP411).

Larry Alexander is a Lancaster Newspapers staff writer and humor columnist. He covers police and fire news, as well as theater reviews, veteran and other feature stories. He can be reached at lalexander@lnpnews.com or (717) 295-5071. You can also follow@LarryLNP on Twitter.