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Raul Lopez Dead: Los Angeles Cook Allegedly Gunned Down For Slow Service

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Raul Lopez, shot dead after a dispute over slow restaurant service escalated to gunfire.
Raul Lopez, shot dead after a dispute over slow restaurant service escalated to gunfire.

Police in California released surveillance footage on Tuesday showing two suspects in the alleged murder investigation of a cook shot dead for his supposed slow service.

Raul Lopez died Friday night after being gunned down at Hoagies And Wings in Sherman Oaks.

Authorities say that the incident took place around 11 p.m., when five men reportedly became irate over the wait for their order. Reports indicate that the men yelled racial slurs at Lopez, who picked up a chair and escorted the men out of the restaurant. When Lopez turned his back to resume his work, one of the men fired a semi-automatic weapon at his torso, according to police.

"He was a very responsible man. He loved his family," said 16-year-old Melesio Lopez, the oldest of Lopez's children, according to the LA Times. "I just want justice."

The 38-year-old is believed to have been the sole provider for his wife and five children, all below age 16, according to CBS.

"It was a random dispute that went tragically wrong," said LAPD Detective James Nuttle.

Police say that the persons of interest all fled the scene in a black Cadillac Escalade, according to ABC.

The suspects are all black men in their 20s or 30s.

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