Man shoots co-worker at Good China in Phoenix

PHOENIX - A man shot a Phoenix restaurant co-worker, who he thought was talking about him in Spanish, according to a police report.

The shooting happened just before 3 p.m. Sunday at Good China near Thomas Road and 67th Avenue.

The 33-year-old suspect was a waiter at the restaurant and "had an issue" with co-workers speaking Spanish, thinking they were talking about him, the police report said.

The suspect walked into the kitchen and shot the victim in the head, and then fired a shot at another co-worker but missed, according to the report.

A total of six other employees were in the kitchen, and 15 customers were in the restaurant at the time.

The injured victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the head and will be released from St. Joseph's Hospital, police said.

At the scene, officers reportedly found the suspect sitting on the curb in the northwest parking lot after the shooting. A search of his jacket revealed a handgun, and he was then transported to the Phoenix Police Headquarters for questioning.

According to the police report, the suspect told detectives he started working at Good China about four or five months ago.

A certain cook messed with him and made fun of him, the suspect reportedly told detectives.

An additional cook also made fun of him, the report said.

Because he was "fed up" with the cooks, the suspect decided he wanted to kill them, according to the report.

The suspect was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail for two counts of attempted first degree murder, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

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