PHOENIX -- Phoenix police say an off-duty bar employee was shot to death after confronting a patron who was trying to leave the bar with a beer early Friday morning.
The employee, 33-year-old Jesus Rafael Lozano-Vidal, was visiting Mi Ranchito Dancing bar in central Phoenix at 32nd Street and Thomas Road, where he works as a security guard. When the bar closed about 2 a.m., he helped clear the building.
Police said when Lozano-Vidal confronted the patron about the beer bottle, a fight broke out and the patron's two friends joined in. Lozano-Vidal was shot in the stomach.
He was transported to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The three patrons fled on foot.
Police are searching for two men and a woman, all believed to be Hispanic and in their 20s.
About 20 people were in the bar at the time of the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
Update: police say shooting at 32nd/Oak St has turned into a homicide investigation. New details at top of the hour pic.twitter.com/21Cu1NlQ1t— Jill Galus (@JillGalus) March 14, 2014