A dispute between employees at a Miami Gardens Chili’s Grill & Bar erupted into a fatal shooting Monday afternoon.
Miami Gardens spokeswoman Petula Burks said Lester Reid, 36, and a coworker got into an argument. Whether prompted by the subject matter or intensity of the argument, the coworker felt the need to phone her boyfriend, who police identified as Arturo Exum. Exum, 31, showed up to the restaurant, 19801 NW Second Ave., and shot Reid several times, police said.
Reid was taken to Aventura Hospital where he died. Exum raced out of the restaurant and remained at large Monday night.
Exum’s on a three-year probation after pleading no contest to charges of felony battery and felonly domestic strangling in 2015. According to his arrest paperwork, he choked the woman until she passed out after pointing a .380 Ruger handgun at her and racking the slide. Two years earlier, he was charged, but not prosecuted, of battery, aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a pregnant woman in an incident involving the same woman.
In this Mar. 11 Facebook post by Tracy Bell Jr., Exum’s on the left.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami Gardens Police Department at 305-474-1463; Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers by phone at 305-471-TIPS (8477); text at 274637; or the website.
Miami Herald staff writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.