- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2012

Two men were shot, one fatally, overnight as they left a TGI Friday’s in Bowie after an argument, police officials said.

It was unclear exactly what time the shooting happened, but two men with gunshot wounds were dropped off around 1:45 a.m. Friday at the Bowie Health Center, which is located in a complex a short distance from the restaurant. The two men were shot in the parking lot following an argument with another group of men inside the family restaurant, said officials from both the Prince George’s County and Bowie police departments.

“It was all supposedly over and they were driving away,” Bowie Police Chief John Nesky said.

The men supposedly got into an argument over a woman inside the restaurant but had no physical contact, police officials said. Someone fired shots at the other group of men as they were driving away from the restaurant.

One man died at the hospital and the other has injuries that are not life-threatening, Prince George’s County police spokesman Cpl. Clinton Copeland said. County police, who are investigating the shooting, have not publicly identified the man who died, but Bowie officials say both of the men were adults from Lanham.

One Bowie police officer and possibly another officer from a different department were working part-time security at the TGI Friday’s overnight when the shooting happened, Chief Nesky said. The restaurant has not had any major problems previously with violence.

“Not anything that you wouldn’t expect from the only place that’s open late in the area,” Chief Nesky said.

Homicides within the city of Bowie are fairly rare. The last homicide in the city occurred in October 2010 outside a banquet hall hosting a late-night party, Chief Nesky said. Since then the banquet hall has made agreements to cease holding any similar events, he said.

Bowie investigators will speak with the restaurant owner about safety measures taken there, Chief Nesky said.

“We’ll be examining the restaurant to make there’s nothing they or we can do better to improve the security,” he said.

County police officials did not answer questions Friday afternoon about whether the department would seek to shut down the TGI Friday’s.

Over the last year under the auspices of a new public safety law, the county police department has sought to shut down nightclubs and other establishments that are the scene of violent incidents.

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