DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — DeKalb County police are searching for a man they say opened fire on customer inside a popular Chinese restaurant.
The whole thing was caught on surveillance video.
It was just before closing time when DeKalb County police said the man casually walked into a restaurant and opened fire on a patron sitting inside.
“He goes straight to the victim and shoots him point-blank three times,” Sgt. Steven Dean with the DeKalb County Police Department told Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez as he walked her through the video of the incident.
The shooting happened inside the Lucky Panda Chinese Restaurant on June 8.
Detectives said a ‘clean cut suspect’ walked in and shot the Derick Davis as he waited for this take-out order.
This happened as customers and workers watched in fear, before trying to get out of harm's way.
"When he walks in, everything seems intentional, that he had everything planned out," Dean said.
Investigators said the suspect was armed with a 9MM. Witnessed told detective the man said, “This is for my nephew,” before shooting the 22-year-old victim in the head and back.
"It is scary, because I come here. And to find out that it happened," restaurant patron Constance Taylor told Jaquez.
Taylor said she's scared because she normally grabs food at the restaurant at least once a week.
She also thinks the suspect was bold for committing the shooting in a plaza equipped with multiple cameras.
“For you to do something like that with cameras everywhere, you don’t care. Because you know your face is going to be seen,” Taylor said.
Police hope that by releasing the images of the shooter, someone will know who the killer is and turn him in.
Jaquez also spoke to the owners of the restaurant off camera.
They didn’t speak English but through a translator told her in the 15 years they’ve been in business, nothing like this has ever happened.
They told Jaquez they hope nothing like this will ever happen again.
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