WINNIPEG – “He walked in, turned left and started shooting.”
Chilling testimony Thursday from a waitress at the Salisbury House at Pembina Highway and Stafford Street as she told court about the night Jeffrey Lau, 23, was murdered.
Lau and four friends were eating around 3 a.m. on September 27, 2012 when a gunman barged into the restaurant.
Surveillance footage was played for jurors. It shows a person in a white hoodie wearing black gloves run in the front doors of the restaurant and raise a gun. The person disappears from the shot, then reappears, running out the door.
The 15-second video was released by the court Thursday.
The waitress told court she noticed the gunman walking up to the doors “with intent, like he was going to do something.” She said the shooter had a grey hoody with the hood up and something else covering his face. She said he had a black gun.
She told court she ran when the bullets started flying. She hid in an office with the cook and called 911. She testified she heard what sounded like fifty shots ring out before coming out after about two minutes when the shots stopped. The shooter was gone. She says two men were on the ground and the others were screaming.
She said police arrived, then paramedics. One friend was so hysterical he needed to be wrestled away from Lau’s body while yelling “save my friend…please.”
Lau did not survive. A pathologist who performed the autopsy said he died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Dr. John Younes, Manitoba’s Acting Chief Medical Examiner, told court the fatal shot was a bullet that entered through Lau’s back and pierced his lung. He said Lau lost so much blood he would have been dead in minutes.
The pathologist also said the victim’s airwaves were filled with vomit and “any chance of salvaging his life were impaired.”
The other man shot did survive. He testified earlier in the trial, calling the killing a “perfect hit” and suggesting Lau was targeted. He also admitted to telling police Lau was a drug dealer.
Devin Hall, 28, has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and attempted murder. The first degree charge indicates the killing was planned and deliberate, pre-meditated.
Prosecutors say DNA evidence coming later in the trial will link Hall to the crime. Police found gloves, a white shirt and a gun near the crime scene.
The trial is slated to last until the end of June.