Man arrested after worker shot and killed inside Steele Creek area restaurant

Published: Feb. 8, 2020 at 10:50 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A person shot and killed inside a restaurant in southwest Charlotte Wednesday night has been identified by police as 37-year-old Juan Velazquez Hernandez, who was reportedly working at the restaurant for a separate business at the time.

The shooting happened at the La Poblanita Bar and Grill on Westinghouse Boulevard around 9 p.m.

Homicide detectives say a man went into the restaurant and shot Hernandez. On Friday, police charged 30-year-old Raheem Kawon Fuller with his murder.

Officers say when they spotted him on the 700 block of Westinghouse Boulevard, Fuller ran to police. He was apprehended after a short foot chase and charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree kidnapping.

Hernandez was for working for a business that was hired by the restaurant to perform maintenance on kitchen equipment.

Officers responded to the scene for an assault with a deadly weapon call and found Hernandez with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on scene.

A WBTV reporter on scene observed tactical gear and guns drawn at the restaurant.

This is an ongoing, active investigation.

Hernandez’s family has been notified of his death.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at

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