Police have arrested a man they say shot and killed a well-known chef and bar manager in the Gaslamp early Monday morning. 23-year-old Jonathan Hernandez was taken into custody, charged with killing a 33-year-old Joey Holtz during a fight.
It happened around 2a.m. at 5th and Market Street when an argument between a group of men escalated, and Hernandez pulled out a gun, shooting Holtz. Police Lt. Matt Dobbs says bystanders jumped in and were providing medical aid when officers arrived. Police and paramedics also attempted to save Holtz, but he died at the scene.
Hernandez and another man got into a cab and left the scene, but were stopped and detained a short time later at 15th and Imperial Street. He is facing murder charges. Police say they don't believe Hernandez knew Holtz before the altercation.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Holtz's family, including his young son.
Police are still looking to talk to witnesses and ask anyone with information to call them.
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