FARGO - Police here have identified the victim of a fatal shooting Sunday morning, Sept. 23, outside a McDonald’s restaurant.
The man killed was Gabriel Perez, 20, of Fargo, according to Fargo police.
At 5:23 a.m. Sunday, Perez was shot while sitting on a curb outside McDonald’s, 905 Main Ave., when a vehicle pulled up. The shooter remains on the loose, but police have impounded a vehicle they believe is linked to the case.
The vehicle, which police described as a dark Chevrolet Trailblazer, was found in Moorhead about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and taken to an impound lot, police said Monday, Sept. 24. It is not known exactly where the vehicle was found.
Police said the driver shot Perez multiple times. The victim tried to run, making it about 100 feet before collapsing. He died at the scene.
Police can’t confirm whether the killing was random or targeted. McDonald’s staff declined to comment.
Surveillance video showed the shooter to be a light-skinned black, Hispanic, Native American or tan white male. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 701-451-7660.
A memorial for Perez now sits atop the railroad ties stacked outside the Fargo McDonald’s parking lot near where the shooting occurred. An array of roses, candles and rosaries surround a framed picture of Perez. One candle reads, “R.I.P. Gabe.”
Inside the restaurant, a group of five regulars - all men - gathered for their morning breakfast just like they do every weekday. News of the shooting just outside the window from where they eat hasn’t changed their routine, they said.
The group, who didn’t want to be identified for this story, said they’ve been coming to the Main Avenue McDonald’s nearly every weekday morning for breakfast for over 15 years.
Collectively, the group agreed that the shooting doesn’t scare them, but more than anything felt emotional for Perez’s family.
“He’s somebody’s kid,” one man said.
Forum reporter Raju Chaduvula contributed to this report