Skip to comments.Cook Murdered by Men Angry Over Long Wait Time for Food
Posted on 07/07/2012 9:22:39 AM PDT by kevcol
A group of diners angry that their food was taking too long shot and killed a cook in southern California in what police are calling a random dispute that went tragically wrong.
The cook, 38-year-old Raul Lopez, was working one of his two jobs he has to support his wife and five children. The killing took place at Hoagies & Wings on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and followed a dispute with racial undertones, reported a local news station.
Lopez was fatally shot in his chest when he tried to ward off five black men who were causing a disturbance in the restaurant. The men were angry about how long they had been waiting for their food and allegedly began using racial slurs at employees, causing other customers to leave, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department said Lopez then stepped in to defend the employees and get the men to leave. As the argument escalated he picked up a chair and led them out, but once outside he set the chair down and one of the men pulled out a semi-automatic weapon, shooting Lopez in the chest.
The men fled in a dark-colored Cadillac Escalade and Lopez was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. Police said the suspects are African-American men in their 30s and have the build of football playersseveral are between 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-4 and weight more than 300 pounds.
Police have released surveillance footage of the shooting in the hope that someone with information can come forward. Lopezs wife and children also appealed to the public for help finding the suspects.
He was a very responsible man. He loved his family, said 16-year-old Melesio Lopez, the oldest of Lopezs children, at a press conference. I just want justice.
Sad story. And because of who the perps are, we will never hear of it again.
If Obama had quintuplets...
“a random dispute that went tragically wrong”
whew, for a moment there I thought I was reading about a HATE CRIME perpetrated by a bunch of rasist thugs
RIP Mr Lopez
Fortunate the shooters weren’t white or the victim black. There might have been a hate crime committed.
Who’s got your back?
“The men fled in a dark-colored Cadillac Escalade”.
(They meant EXcalade. Probably had a handicapped placard inside, too.)
a workplace incident that went tragically wrong
That's how they'll write it up.
A man who would work two jobs to support a wife and five children, and confront five men built like football players to keep them from harassing employees, was made of stronger stuff than most. I pray his family will find justice and that a fund is set up to provide for his children. How sad.
The animals who did this are driving a Cadillac Escalade? They must have more than a few bucks. I wonder if it’s not just coincidental that they are built like football players?
Surprising quantity of facts in that story. The senior editor in charge of political correctness must have been on vacation.
Couldn’t they have just called 911 like any other reasonable person??
What is it with these mushy police statements? The above quote would be appropriate if two people were arguing, and a bookcase happened to fall on one of them.
How about this instead:a random dispute that ended in a deliberate act of murder."
Hispanics will only take so much. They have their own gangs that are no strangers to torture and murder.
the situation probably escalated too quickly for that
Well they were hungry! What do you expect?
“No comment.” National Council of La Raza
(from website) “Consistent with its mission to improve opportunities and open doors for Hispanic Americans, NCLR believes that advocacy, civic engagement, and community-based support are essential parts of any community-empowerment strategy. Thus, the organization concentrates on advocacy activities at state and local levels through its state and local advocacy Initiatives.”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2903842/posts (Illegal drunk driver kills 16 year old)
African-Americans kill Mexican-Americans (chicanos, latinos, hispanics—whatever) and the illegals kill Americans.
Let me be clear, it’s the Cycle of Life///// Nobama, The Lyin’ King
Those Tea Party members are always causing trouble.
America is a land of self-imposed stupidity. We won’t even face reality.
The dead cook is my hero. Working two jobs to raise five kids. Never mind Trayvon. We see how well Trayvon’s tough guy act worked out for him.
Actually, once the poor man was shot then they Escaladed away from the scene...
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