Employee killed in shooting at Miami Gardens Chili’s restaurant

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - A workplace argument spiraled into gun violence after, police said, an employee of a Chili’s restaurant in Miami Gardens was shot and killed, Monday afternoon.

According to Miami Gardens Police, the male employee, later identified as 36-year-old Lester Reid, was shot inside the restaurant, located at 19801 N.W. 2 Ave., by 31-year-old Arturo Exum.

Police said the victim got into an argument with another employee. They said the other employee reportedly called Exum, her boyfriend, who came into the restaurant and opened fire, fatally striking Reid.

“Shot him twice and left,” said witness Alex Escalda. “She left out the front door, got into a green Mustang and took off … I saw a green Mustang take off.”

Paramedics transported Reid to Aventura Hospital, where he later died.

Witnesses said the victim may have been a cook.

“It’s uncomfortable ’cause everybody’s here working,” said a nearby worker. “It’s a plaza full of working people.”

Other witnesses told 7News they saw the victim covered in blood, as he was being transported on a gurney and into the ambulance.

“It was intense. It was intense,” Escalda said.

The restaurant remained closed on Monday night.

Police are currently searching for Exum. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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