Bobby Antonelos, the original and longtime owner of Bob’s Hamburgers on Pacific Coast Highway in Harbor City, was killed by stray bullets fired by a gunman who had just shot another man dead inside the establishment.
The shooter successfully targeted another man inside the restaurant on Wednesday morning, police said. The suspect walked into the popular burger joint and wordlessly fired on his intended victim, who was not Antonelos, according to police on scene.
The restaurant’s owner came out, was in the line of fire and was shot, Los Angeles Police Department Detective David Cortez said. The shooting occurred about 9:30 a.m. The first victim, described by witnesses only as a young Hispanic man, died on scene. The restaurant owner was taken to a hospital where he died. His cook first identified him as the victim, and that was later confirmed by Cortez. h/t ktla
Antonelos is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Vaso Antonelos. He had sold the restaurant and soon planned to retire, his niece said. He was known by everyone in the neighborhood, one frequent customer said.