GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — Police in Johnson County say a man was shot and killed outside of a family restaurant in Greenwood Wednesday morning.
Police said that Miguel Angel Hernandez, 34, of Indianapolis was found lying near a car in the parking lot of the Four Seasons restaurant around 6 a.m. Police said he was headed into work.
Police confirmed the Hernandez was an employee at the restaurant.
The restaurant released the following statement:
As you can imagine, we are shocked and saddened by the tragic incident that occurred this morning. Due to the ongoing police investigation, and out of respect for the victim and his family, we will not be making any further statements at this time. Thank you for your understanding.
Some people were inside eating at the time of the incident. One man told 24-Hour News 8 he heard five to six shots. He said the blinds were open to that side of the parking lot, but he said it was dark outside. He said his friend ran outside and saw a man laying on the ground.
“Boom boom boom and he was laying out there dead,” said Chuck Fox.
Mike Miller added, “I just heard gun shots. That was it. That’s all I know. It was dark. The blinds were open, but it was dark. Can’t see nothing.”
Employees inside were shaken, and said they weren’t sure what to do as far as keep the restaurant open or closed for the day.
Around 11 a.m. the restaurant posted a sign on their door saying they would be closed Wednesday and would reopen Thursday at 6 a.m.
Police say they don’t believe this was random. A suspect description has not yet been released.
“There is nothing to indicate there is a random gunman just running around killing people on their way to work. Obviously as the investigation goes, by some chance that starts to pull, we’d out that out immediately. But this isn’t our first or second time around with a case like this. People kill people for a motive,” said Greenwood Assistant Police Chief Matthew Fillenwarth.
Police aren’t sure what the motive is, but are working to get as much information as possible. Crime tape blocked off the scene, as investigators collected evidence and questioned witnesses for about six hours.
“I’ve always felt safe here. It’s unfortunate. It’s a family owned business. I think everyone in here (is) close and knows each other,” said Laura James.
Her twin sister Leslie Potts added, “This is a nice neighborhood. Very shocked that something like that happened.”
Police say they’re not sure if the suspect left the scene on foot or if that person was driving.
Police say the last homicide in Greenwood occurred last month, when a man was shot and killed on Woodale Terrace.