3 Dead, Suspect Hurt After Shooting at Prince George's County Restaurant

Police believe bartender shot manager, co-owner over ongoing dispute

What to Know

  • A person with remote access to surveillance video of the restaurant saw three people apparently unconscious and called police.
  • A bartender had shot and killed a manager and two co-owners over an ongoing dispute, police said.
  • Several hours later, investigators went to the suspect's home and saw him run into a wooded area where he shot himself twice, police said.

An employee of a recently opened Maryland restaurant shot and killed the manager and two co-owners early Sunday morning, police said.

The suspect is in the hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wounds, Prince George's County Police said. 

About 2 a.m. Sunday, someone with remote access to Blue Sunday Bar & Grill's surveillance video saw the victims appeared to be unconscious, police said. That person called Bowie Police, who went to the restaurant at 6868 Race Track Road and found three people suffering from gunshot wounds in the office of the restaurant.

Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. A third victim was flown to Shock Trauma in critical condition and later died, police said. The victims -- 46-year-old Sherwood Morgan of Mitchellville, 27-year-old Jin Chen of Laurel and 28-year-old Xue Zou of Laurel -- all worked at the restaurant. Morgan worked as a manager while Chen and Zou co-owned the restaurant, which opened within the past month, police said.

Detectives used surveillance video to identify another employee, 40-year-old Karlief Moye, as the suspect. Police believe he worked as a bartender.

At about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, investigators went to Moye's home in Silver Spring and saw him run into a wooded area at Northwest Branch Park, where he shot himself twice, police said. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The shooting in Bowie appears to be "a case of workplace violence as a result of a dispute between employees," police said. Police did not say what the ongoing dispute was about.

The restaurant just held its grand opening about a week ago, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at (301) 772-4925 or Crime Solvers at 1 (866) 411-TIPS.

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