Restaurant Employee Shot Dead on Ventura Blvd.

Police are searching for one gunman after an employee at Hoagie & Wings was shot and killed last night.

Raul Lopez, a Hispanic male in his mid 30s who was working at on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, was shot in the chest last night at approximately 11:10pm.

The shooter was a black male, approximately 6'2" in height and 250 pounds, according to Officer Hensley of the Van Nuys Police Department.

Lopez was shot once in the chest and died en route to the hospital. 

The shooter is at large. 

The shooting took place on the 14500 block of Ventura Boulevard, just west of Van Nuys Boulevard. 

Sources tell Patch that the shooter came in with a group of males, got into a shouting argument with Lopez, and shot him once in the chest while heading out the door.

"There was some type of dispute that occurred that resulted in the shooting and the death of our victim," said Lt. Jim Gavin of the Van Nuys Station.

The victim apparently did not know the shooter, Gavin said. Police said the victim got into a fight inside the restaurant, resulting in the shooting. 

"At least at this point it doesn't appear to be gang-related," Gavin said, adding that he did not know what sparked the confrontation.

Gavin did not have a description of the vehicle the shooter fled in, but according to one unverified source, the suspect vehicle was a Black Cadillac Escalade that went south on Cedros.


Mike Harvey June 30, 2012 at 08:04 PM
May the young man rest in peace and may his family be comforted by God through their trials and grief ahead.
Rose June 30, 2012 at 09:02 PM
That area has become a target for crime. Lots of stores empty & for lease. Was once a thriving area on Ventura Blvd. Lots of small eateries on both sides of the block rest of businesses, big names, have pulled out of there. So sorry for the tragic family loss. It could have happened to any of our family members who work at cafes. Increase police patrol - we have to all stay vigilante. Never let your guard down!!!!!
DeJ July 05, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Ahemm... ALL RACES have been known to take lives. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE A LIFE. Stop turning this into some stupid racial argument & recognize a precious life is now no longer. Show respect. RIP Raul (who cares about your race or the race of the man who shot you). I pray the killer is found & justice is served.
Brantley Watson July 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
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Paul July 05, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Another moronic comment...by a ignorant Sherman Oaks resident....


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