Suspect arrested after shooting at Sandbar Mexican Grill in Gilbert leaves man injured

A suspect has been arrested in connection to a shooting last summer at a Gilbert restaurant that left a man injured.

Gilbert Police say the shooting happened just before 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2022, outside the Sandbar Mexican Grill, located near San Tan Village Parkway and Williams Field Road.

According to court documents, surveillance video showed the victim, 27-year-old Michael Murphy, getting into a fight with another man. As others tried to break up the fight, police say Warren Ishmael Bethel, 26, grabbed a gun from a white Dodge Challenger and opened fire.

Bethel and three other men then got into the Dodge Challenger before Bethel got out of the vehicle and allegedly fired more shots.

Murphy later showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound. He survived the shooting.

A Gilbert Police detective spotted the Challenger near the U.S. 60 and Greenfield Road but lost the vehicle as it headed northbound on State Route 143.

The Challenger later was spotted in Pinal County and authorities were able to track it to an address in San Tan Valley. Police placed a GPS device on the Challenger and tracked it to a Holiday Inn in Mesa where Bethel was taken into custody.

Bethel is accused of multiple charges, including attempted second-degree murder, disorderly conduct, aggravated assault and drive-by shooting. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Warren Bethel Sandbar shooting suspect

Warren Ishmael Bethel, 26, was arrested in connection to a shooting at the Sandbar Mexican Grill in Gilbert that left a man injured.

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