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Violent Robbery at Barcelona Wine Bar on Howell Mill Road Leaves One Dead [Updated]

Suspects still at large

Barcelona Wine Bar Westside Barcelona Wine Bar Westside Ironworks/Andrea Behrends 2016

A violent robbery at Barcelona Wine Bar at the Westside Ironworks on Howell Mill Road has left one person dead.

According to 11Alive News, three men entered the restaurant just before 1:45 a.m. Sunday, tied up employees with electrical tape, and forced a 29-year-old female employee upstairs to open a safe.

When police arrived, they found the woman shot once in the shoulder. She was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Office Lisa Bender told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the suspects got away but Atlanta police are following up on several leads. No arrests have been made yet.

Update: The victim has been identified as Chelsea Beller of Atlanta. She was one of the restaurant’s managers.

Police are accepting tips and information about the crime at 404-577-8477 (phone), text (274637) and at crimestoppersatlanta.org.

Eater Atlanta is working to get more details and will update this story as information becomes available.

Barcelona Wine Bar’s Westside location will remain closed Sunday and Monday.

Eric Ferraro, the restaurant’s general manager, told Eater Atlanta this afternoon, “All of our employees are really like an extended family—this loss is a horrible tragedy and it has shaken all of us. As this investigation gets underway, we are working closely with the Atlanta police to help them with the investigation. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with her family and our team.”

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