A Kansas City man is accused of shooting his co-worker in the back of the head, and prosecutors say the whole thing was planned.
Jeffrey A. Hulett, 37, faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Police got the call about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, and they realized immediately there was nothing they could do for 47-year-old Lionel Hernandez.
According to charging documents, the Chubby's on Broadway diner employee was walking down the 3700 block of Broadway, heading to a gas station to buy lottery tickets with Hulett.
That is when, police say, Hulett pulled a gun and shot Hernandez in the back of the head.
Hulett was armed with a loaded semi-automatic handgun when he was taken into custody by police.
For regular diner customers, like Patrick McAlinney, the news came as a shock.
"It is tragic, it is really tragic," McAlinney said.
It took prosecutors less than 24 hours to file first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges against Hulett.
Police say Hulett told them Hernandez had crossed the line and went to the diner for the sole purpose of killing him.
There is no further word on what sparked that dispute.
"It really is sad. It sounds as if it was a dispute or argument that turned into a tragic event," McAlinney said.
McAlinney said the diner's staff are like family and were visibly shaken by the loss of their former cook, but he says they're doing their best to take care of customers.
"They're being very professional. That is very noticeable. They are trying hard, and they are succeeding. They are coming through for the customers and projecting a very good image," McAlinney said.
The owner of the diner said Hernandez was a valued member of the team, and he will truly be missed.
Police first heard about the shooting from their new ShotSpotter system. Prosecutors asked for a $250,000 bond.
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