VENTURA (CBS) — Five men were being sought on Saturday in connection with the shooting death of a 38-year-old man inside a Sherman Oaks restaurant.
The victim, identified as Raul Lopez, was fatally shot while working inside Hoagies & Wings restaurant in the 15500 block of Ventura Boulevard about 11:10 p.m. Friday.READ MORE: Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award Nominees Announced
According to a department statement, an altercation broke out between Lopez and one of the suspects. At one point, police say, Lopez picked up a chair and forced the group out of the eatery.
Once the men were outside, however, one of them removed a handgun from his clothing and opened fire, hitting Lopez in the torso, authorities said.
Lopez was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.READ MORE: Clippers Barely Hold Off Celtics To Seal Victory, 114-111
Witnesses at the scene reportedly told police that the suspects fled the scene in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle.
The gunman, a 5-foot-6-inch tall African American male, is described as having short hair and a skinny build.
Anyone with more information regarding the shooting is urged to contact authorities at (818) 374-9500.MORE NEWS: Pasadena Prepares For Rose Parade Festivities Amidst Rising COVID-19 Cases
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