Police are investigating and seek three suspects after an early Monday shooting at Gates Bar-B-Q in Independence left an employee seriously injured.

According to police, at about 2:45 a.m. three masked suspected entered the restaurant at the 10400 block of East U.S. 40 and assaulted a male employee, and one of the suspects shot the employee several times as they were leaving. The victim was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said, and there was no update on his condition as of early Monday afternoon. The person with information about the case should call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477 or contact police at 816-325-7777 or leads@indepmo.org.