Victim, suspect identified in fatal shooting outside BJ’s Restaurant in Winston-Salem

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Robert Anthony Granato

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem police have released the identities of the victim and suspect in Tuesday's fatal shooting outside BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse.

Robert Anthony Granato

Robert Anthony Granato, 22, is charged with first-degree murder and carrying a concealed gun after consuming alcohol.

Winston-Salem police came to the restaurant at 3:41 p.m. after a reported shooting.

Officers found Julius Randolph Sampson Jr., 32, of Winston-Salem, with a gunshot wound. Sampson was treated but later died at the scene.

Winston-Salem police said Granato and Sampson got into an argument in the restaurant. The argument continued outside the restaurant and Sampson was shot, police said.

Warrants reveal Granato had a .22 caliber revolver.

Granato is being held in jail with no bond allowed.

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