Restaurant manager shot to death

July 26, 2008 5:19:45 AM PDT
Police are investigating a deadly shooting at a popular restaurant.It happened in the parking lot of the Chili's restaurant on the North Sam Houston Parkway and Wilson in northeast Harris County. Police say a man who had been asked to leave the restaurant later opened fire on restaurant manager Louis Monroy.

Police say the suspect, Michael Hare, 24, is a regular customer at the Chili's. Authorities say Hare was at the bar drinking and making advances towards a female employee. After being told his advances were not welcome, Hare left the restaurant.

Monroy later escorted the female employee to her car. She left and that's when detectives say Monroy was confronted by Hare. Monroy was shot several times and died in the parking lot.

Hare left the scene and returned approximately 20 minutes later driving the same vehicle, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. He was taken into custody at the scene and found to be in possession of a weapon.

"He came back to the scene. At this point, we don't know why," said Sgt. Pinkins. "We're going to hopefully visit with him about why he returned."

Detectives say a friend at a nearby body shop where Hare worked told him to turn himself in. So Hare did. Once in custody, detectives say he showed little remorse.

"He told the detectives when they asked him why he did it, he said, 'Really no good reason'," said Lt. John Denholm with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "Then he said, 'It was easy. It was easy'."

Those who knew Monroy cannot fathom why he had to die.

"Louis had been with us for 14 years, with Chili's Bar and Grill, and worked his way up from a server to part of our management team," said Chili's spokesperson Stacey Sullivan. "He was a well respected member of the Chili's team."

Monroy was a father of three and had only been in the Houston area a year.

Murder charges have been accepted by the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

We did some checking and found that this isn't Hare's first brush with the law. He was convicted of disregarding a peace officer in 2006. In 2004, he was convicted of misdemeanor drug possession. We also found an indictment of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. It was dismissed.

Hare is due in court on Monday for the new charge of murder.

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