The victim, a 28-year-old male, was at the restaurant with several friends around 10:30 p.m. when he noticed a male harassing one of the employees and asked the male to leave her alone.
The male, who appeared to be intoxicated, shot the victim several times in the torso. The victim was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build.
He was clean-shaven and was wearing a beige cowboy hat, a white T-shirt, dark brown dress pants, tan cowboy boots and a large gold belt buckle.
He may have fled in a green 4-door sedan occupied by a Hispanic female and another Hispanic male. The male was described as thin and in his 20s. He was wearing a white shirt, tan pants and cowboy boots. The female was described as dark-complected and in her 20s, 5 feet 5 inches tall and approximately 175 pounds.
The suspect had been in the restaurant since mid-afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator A.M. Sterling at 560-4415, ext. 233 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.