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4 Shot in Raleigh Restaurant

Posted December 31, 2006 5:07 p.m. EST
Updated January 2, 2007 7:39 a.m. EST

Four men were hospitalized after they were shot inside a Raleigh restaurant early Sunday morning.

Raleigh police officials said restaurant employee Fritz Ochoa and three customers—Christian Mitchell Najera Ramos, Angel Luis Miranda Valentin, and Edwin Humberto Paz—were shot inside the Restaurant Monte Bar at 2645-D East Millbrook Road around 6 a.m. after an argument.

"After firing the shots, the suspect is known to have left in a vehicle that was some sort of white sedan, possibly a Chevrolet," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

The four gunshot victims were taken to WakeMed for treatment. Police said two had non-life threatening injuries, while the other people suffered more serious injuries.

Karia Guarglia, who co-owns the nearby bar Tailgaters with her father, Jerry, said the Restaurant Monte Bar has been open for about two months and stays open 24 hours on the weekends, serving food. They said they’ve never had any problems with their neighbor before.

"This area is pretty free from any major crimes,” Guargila said.

WRAL learned that the Restaurant Monte Bar received a temporary liquor license on Friday, but it's unclear if alcohol was a factor in the shooting.

Sughrue said the getaway car was last seen heading eastbound on Millbrook Road. Anyone with information that might be helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-890-3555.