Gunman Arrested After Employee Killed in Shooting at Miami Gardens Chili's: Police - NBC 6 South Florida

Gunman Arrested After Employee Killed in Shooting at Miami Gardens Chili's: Police

Police say worker shot and killed by co-worker's boyfriend after argument



    Vigil Held for Worker Killed in Shooting at Miami Gardens Chili's

    A vigil is held for Lester Reid, the Chili's worker killed in a shooting at the Miami Gardens restaurant.

    (Published Tuesday, April 4, 2017)

    The man who allegedly shot and killed a Chili's employee Monday afternoon after a dispute erupted between the victim and the suspect's girlfriend has turned himself in.

    Arturo Exum, 31, surrendered to police and is being charged with first degree murder in the case, which happened at the Miami Gardens eatery at 19801 Northwest 2nd Avenue, police said Tuesday.

    Officials said the employee and a coworker got into an argument. The coworker called her boyfriend, who went to the Chili's and shot the employee, officials said.

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the victim was taken to Aventura Hospital where he later died. He was identified as 36-year-old Lester Reid.

    "Yelling everywhere, I heard everything," witness Alex Escalada said. "I didn't really see much because we're a couple doors down but it was intense, it was intense."

    Officials said Exum was on probation for a felony battery and domestic violence conviction in 2015. He was being held without bond Tuesday, and attorney information wasn't immediately available.

    The restaurant remained closed through Monday night and into Tuesday.

    "We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic situation and the loss of one of our Team Members. We are doing everything we can to fully cooperate with the police and fire and rescue teams who were so quick to respond," a Chili's spokesperson said in a statement.

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