An employee of a Malibu restaurant died after an attack in the parking lot minutes before closing on Sunday night, say authorities.
Initially reported as a shooting, authorities now say the man suffered a brutal beating by multiple suspects.
The man, whose identity was not released, was described as mid-20s, and worked in the kitchen of Guido's restaurant off PCH on Cross Creek Road, NBC LA explains.
Tony Waldrop, the manager of the restaurant, said "He was taking out the trash and never came back," reports the L.A. Times.
Authorities say the victim was confronted and attacked by several subjects in a parking lot behind the restaurant. The victim reportedly escaped and staggered to the front of the shopping center where he collapsed. He was pronounced dead on the scene.