Police: Dispute between restaurant employees leads to shooting


by Christina O'Haver


Posted on March 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 9:56 AM

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PHOENIX -- Police say a dispute between two west Phoenix restaurant employees led to a shooting Sunday.

It occurred at Good China Restaurant at 67th Avenue and Thomas Road.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the suspect is in custody and the victim's injuries do not appear life-threatening.

The suspect is 33-year-old David Donald Ong. He is facing charges of attempted first-degree premeditated murder and drug possession. Ong had a gun and methamphetamine when he was arrested, according to court documents.

Police said the victim, Edmundo Vasquez-Ramirez, was shot in the head but he was able to tell officers that Ong was the person who shot him.

Vasquez-Ramirez worked as a cook at the restaurant and Ong worked as a waiter.

Ong reportedly tried to shoot another kitchen worker but missed.

Officers found the suspect sitting on a curb in the parking lot.

He told police that he was fed up with the cooks for making fun of him and that is why he tried to kill them by shooting them.

He also admitted to using methamphetamine when he woke up on Sunday and just two minutes before the shooting.

Ong's bail has been set at $375,000.