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The owner of a longtime hamburger establishment in Harbor City was killed by stray bullets fired by a gunman who managed to target another man inside the restaurant on Wednesday morning, police said.
The gunman entered Bob’s Hamburgers, at a shopping mall at 1151 Pacific Coast Highway, and silently shot his victim, police said at the scene.
The restaurant owner came out, was in the sights and was shot, Los Angeles Police Department Detective David Cortez said.
The shooting took place around 9:30 a.m.
The first victim, described by only witnesses as a young Hispanic man, died on the spot.
The restorer was transported to the hospital where he died. His cook first identified him as the victim, which was later confirmed by Cortez.
His niece has said his name is Bobby Antonelos and that he is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Vaso Antonelos. He had sold the restaurant and was planning to retire soon, his niece said.
The restaurant cook said he saw the gunman with his face covered enter the restaurant and open fire.
Police said they believe the young victim and the gunman may be gang members.
“Someone was hit. Someone else who was inside the location came out… and was also hit, someone who was not the intended target, ”said the Cmdr of the police. said Phillip Tingirides on the spot.
Several regulars were at the restaurant Wednesday afternoon, mourning Antonelos. He was known to everyone in the neighborhood, said one man.
“He was an amazing person,” said Bihaney Gomez. “I can’t believe these things happen to amazing beings. I know he’s in a better place, but a lot of people will miss him.
Video from the scene showed that the restaurant’s glass door was smashed.
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