UPDATE: Police Investigate Homicide Inside Charlottesville Restaurant

May 10, 2014

At around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, police were called to the Ix Building on Second Street Southeast for a disorder.

When they arrived they found a man inside Alhamraa Restaurant with injuries to his chest.

The man was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Police have not released any more details, including if there are any suspects, the victim's name, what type of injuries he received, or if there is a motive.

People who were near the restaurant at the time of the incident say they heard shots fired.

“I was just sitting on the deck at the house smoking a cigarette and I heard five gun shots go off and next thing I know I see all of these police come in and I said, well I'm gonna walk down here and see what's going on and that's what it was, a shooting,” says Charlottesville resident Mark Payne.

Charlottesville Police have not released how the victim died.

Lt. Ronnie Roberts says that the gun shots heard by witnesses were not a part of the homicide.

“There were reports of shots fired, but we don't have any indications that it was associated with this incident,” Roberts said.

He says that they are still looking what went down at the restaurant, but people at home and in the community shouldn't feel threatened.

“It's an isolated case that took place on the property and it's nothing that should be alarming to the rest of the community.”

The owner of Alhamraa, Karim Sellam, released a statement saying:

"I've never had a problem like this before. I'm devastated that something like this could happen in my restaurant. I'm sorry for the family of the young man who was killed, and I’m sorry that such a happy event turned to tragedy."

“We have evolved this from a dangerous place to a wonderful place and there are 200 jobs created here,” says Ludwig Kuttner, managing partner at the IX building. “We have made many steps forward and this is a step backward and I'm really sad.”

Kuttner says that their goal is to be a positive influence on the Charlottesville community.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call Det. Woodzell at (434) 970-3280 or Crime Stoppers (434) 977-4000.


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