Person of Interest in NRH Restaurant Shooting Found in Burning Car

No customers inside restaurant at time of shooting, police say

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    A car matching the description of a suspect vehicle involved in a fatal shooting at a North Richland Hills restaurant caught fire in unincorporated Tarrant County. A man was pulled from the car and airlifted to a hospital. (Published Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012)

    An employee was killed and another injured by gunfire inside a North Richland Hills restaurant on Tuesday afternoon.

    Now police say the suspected shooter is a former employee, and that he is likely the same person found inside a burning vehicle Tuesday night at a park near Benbrook Lake.

    North Richland Hills police received a call at 2:42 p.m. from an employee at the Hunan Wok at 5142 Rufe Snow Drive saying there was a shooting inside the building.

    North Richland Hills police report the employee killed in the shooting was 55-year-old Shee Wong.

    The second injured employee, 50-year-old Yu-Shou Weng, was transported to a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. He was reportedly in stable condition.

    No customers were inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting, police said.

    "From the information we have we can assure the public this wasn't just a random act of violence," said North Richland Hill Police investigator Keith Bauman. "It appears this was a workplace violence issue."

    Bauman offered no details on the shooter or other details of the shooting, citing the need to maintain the integrity of the investigation. However, he said investigators were pursuing leads.

    North Richland Hills police said a car found on fire in unincorporated Tarrant County is linked to the shooting.

    The vehicle, which matches the description of a suspect vehicle, was located at North Holiday Park in the 4700 block of Lakeview Park.

    A person inside the car was both burned and suffered what may have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was airlifted to an area hospital. The person's condition was not immediately known.

    "So at this time we're just trying to confirm the information, verify the identification of the person who was located in the vehicle, try to still gather physical evidence so we can be sure of what exactly took place at the park and hopefully that will put the pieces together and give us more information about that Hunan Wok shooting," said Bauman.

    NBC 5's Greg Janda, Scott Gordon, and Ben Russell contributed to this report.