One killed in OKC restaurant shooting

Monday, September 15th 2008, 8:18 am
By: News 9

By Charles Bassett, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY - Police continued looking for two gunmen who shot and killed a restaurant worker Monday.

Two men entered Jimmy's Round-Up Café, 1301 SW 59, about 6:30 a.m. and shot 29-year-old Alfredo Chavez near the doorway, Sgt. Gary Knight said. Witnesses said the shooting was not random.

The 24-hour restaurant was closed for the day, but there were staff and customers inside when the two gunmen came in. An employee said the suspects only wanted one thing; the man they ended up killing.

The breakfast crowd was trickling in when two gunman opened fire on one of the workers.

"I'm in my 20th year and this is the first time we've had any type of problem like this," restaurant owner Jimmy Collins said.

The restaurant manager said the two men walked in and told her and two other customers to get on the floor. She said the two then went after Chavez.

"They're trying to piece together exactly what happened, possibly that will yield a clue as to who these individuals are, what the motive was for this attack," Oklahoma City Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

The manager said the men took a small duffle bag from Chavez, lead him to the door and then shot him in the head.

The manager said Chavez was dealing drugs and was trying to save enough money to relocate to Mexico by the end of the year.

But she said there was never a problem with him at work.

"This particular person has worked for me for years, so he's not only an employee, he's a friend and part of our family, and right now I'm very, very upset as is result of the crew," Collins said.

The owner plans to re-open the restaurant at 6 a.m. Tuesday. He said his church has offered their counseling services to the employees.

If you have any information about this shooting you're asked to call Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.