LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One person is dead after a shooting at a Louisville Olive Garden restaurant.
At around 8:28 p.m., officials received a call of a shooting inside an Okolona Olive Garden in the 4800 block of Outer Loop at the Jefferson Mall, Metrosafe said.
First responders arrived on scene and found one Jose Munoz, 25, who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound, police said.
Munoz was transported to UofL Hospital around 9:05 p.m.
He died a short time later of his injuries.
Police have charged Devone Briggs with murder in connection with the shooting.
According to Briggs arrest slip, Briggs and Munoz were involved in an argument inside the restaurant. Briggs gave a statement to police, in which he said during the argument, he pulled a gun and intentionally shot him.
Police also say Briggs left the scene of the shooting in a black Ford Fusion, which they found near the Jefferson Mall. Briggs allegedly tossed a bag out of the car when police stopped him. Officers later recovered the bag, which contained smaller bags of individual portions of marijuana believed to be packaged to sell.
Munoz was a patron at the restaurant eating dinner.
“The restaurant was pretty well populated form my understanding. There were a number of families, friends children having get-togethers, what have you, and we’re very fortunate that this was not more tragic then what it turned out to be this evening,” LMPD Spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said.
The incident began when a fight between two or three customers reportedly broke out inside the restaurant just before 8:30 p.m., witnesses told WAVE 3 News.
Rachel Cortie’s 16-year-old son works at the Olive Garden. He called her right after the shooting happened, she said.
“You don’t expect your 16-year-old to call,” Cortie said. “So, I’m just worried if he’ll have any...or, how this will affect him, really.”
Police have asked anyone who was at the Olive Garden on Outer Loop Saturday evening and did not talk with police is asked to call the crime tip hotline at 502-574-5673 and leave their name and phone number.
In a statement, the Olive Garden made this comment on the shooting:
We are shocked and saddened by the senseless violence that occurred at our restaurant last night. Our hearts are with the friends and family of the victim, and we are grateful that no one else was injured. We thank the first responders who arrived quickly, and we will continue to cooperate fully with LMPD’s investigation.