Restaurant owner fatally shot in North Miami Beach

Witness says victim killed in apparent robbery

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A restaurant owner was shot and killed during an apparent robbery early Saturday in North Miami Beach, witnesses and authorities said.

A spokesman for the North Miami Beach Police Department said the shooting took place just before 5 a.m. outside the Styx Sports Bar and Grill at 153rd Street and West Dixie Highway.

A family friend, who did not want to be identified, named the victim as 63-year-old Nathan Julien, a Haitian immigrant who operated the restaurant inside the sports bar. He was leaving work when he was shot, the friend said.

“Sometimes he works seven days a week to provide for his family,” the friend said.

Police would not provide any additional information beyond very limited details posted to the department's Twitter account.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective T. Webster 305-948-2940 ext. 2386 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Police posted this flier asking for information about the shooting death of 63-year-old Nathan Julien.