Lubbock police say a robbery Monday night at One Guy from Italy restaurant, 4320 50th Street, turned into a deadly shooting.
Police say just after 10 p.m., two Hispanic males armed with handguns entered the restaurant and demanded money from the register. Unable to get any money from the cash register, one of the suspects grabbed the tip jar.
While exiting, the suspects encountered employee David Rowser, 26, and shot him multiple times in the chest at close range. Rowser died at University Medical Center.
"At the time of the robbery, Mr. Rowser was carrying out his work duties in another room. He was likely completely unaware a robbery was taking place," said Jonathan Stewart, Lubbock Police Department. "We do not believe Mr. Rowser was intentionally taking any action to try and prevent the robbery or impede the suspects. It appears he was taken completely by surprise and was given no chance to comply with any demands or to defend himself at all."
The suspects are both described as young Hispanic males in their early 20's with buzz cuts, approximately 5'10" to 6' and thin.
The first suspect was wearing a light gray hoodie and baggy clothing. He is light complected and was wearing "white out" contact lenses.
The second suspect was also wearing a hoodie and baggy clothing and had on a beanie cap. He has a goatee and a star tattoo on the right side of his neck extending up onto his cheek. He also has another tattoo, possibly a star, under one of his eyes.
An unknown color van or minivan is also possibly involved.
"We just ask that anyone who might know who these men are - that they just find it in their hearts to come forward for the sake of the victim's family and that justice could be served," said Stewart.
The Lubbock Police Department urges anyone with any information relating to this case to contact Crime Line at 741-1000 or text your tip to 274637. Remember to include the keyword "LBKTIPS" at the beginning of your text message, followed by a space. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
A friend of David Rowser tells KCBD that a memorial fund has been set up at City Bank in Rowser's name.
The wife of the restaurant owner is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can help bring in the two suspects.
This is the 9th murder in Lubbock this year, but it's been several years since a robbery ended in a murder.
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