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2008 ‘Tuba Man’ killer sought in Monday’s fatal Bellevue bar shooting

munch1BELLEVUE — A 19-year-old man convicted of killing Seattle’s “Tuba Man” in 2008 was identified by police as the suspect in the fatal shooting early Monday at the Munchbar in Bellevue Square that left one man dead and another person injured.

An arrest warrant was issued for Ja’Mari Alexander Alan Jones, described as a 5-foot-8, 140-pound black man who was driving a white Nissan Maxima with a Washington state license plate AHZ1672.

Jones was 16 in 2008 when he and two other teenagers beat to death Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael, who was beloved in Seattle for the music he played outside Seattle sporting events and on the streets.  Jones and the two other teens were sentenced to 15 to 36 weeks in juvenile detention.

Just before 1 a.m. Monday, Bellevue police were called to the Munchbar at Bellevue Square at 505 Bellevue Way for reports of a shooting. Police confirmed that a 30-year old Seattle man was killed.  The other person injured was taken to Overlake Medical Center.

According to the Bellevue Police Department, there was a fight leading up to the shooting. On Monday night, Bellevue police identified Jones as a suspect in the shooting and said a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

“It is believed Jones is armed and dangerous,” a Bellevue police news release said Monday night. “The public should not attempt to contact him; they should call 911.”

Police say about 600 people were inside the bar at the time of the shooting. According to the website tvfishbowl.com, several Seattle Seahawks players were in the bar celebrating their win over the San Francisco 49ers at the time. Defensive End Greg Scruggs tweeted after the incident, saying, “I’m good! Everybody else is good too! Ignorance at its best right there… Smh…”

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact the Bellevue Police Department at (425) 452-4129.

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9 Comments to “2008 ‘Tuba Man’ killer sought in Monday’s fatal Bellevue bar shooting”

    Citizen98107 said:
    December 24, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    This sad story needs a headline

    Citizen98107 said:
    December 24, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Sports fan wins argument with handgun.

    Citizen101 said:
    December 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    This place needs closed down or better security.

    amfek said:
    December 24, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Fuck that, I carry… and why the fuck was a 19 year old douche anywhere near Muchbar? More people should have stopped him. this guy should be dead, not "wanted"

    Tiredofit said:
    December 24, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    This is what happens when you give a 16-year old killer 36 weeks in kiddy jail. This dog needs put down before he bites again…

    Citizen98107 said:
    December 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    He's a punk on the run and his life is over.

    wildninja said:
    December 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    This is not a surprise. He's been treated like he's a merely a disadvantaged or naive kid who simply needed a slap on the wrist and could be rehabilitated when in fact our justice system's been letting a killer run free. He's been escalating and I'm not shocked that he's wanted for murder again. He seems to believe he's invincible.

    Let's see what excuses are made for him this time when reality is that he needs to be permanently locked up to protect society. His age is not an excuse. I won't be surprised if I hear there's a standoff between him and the police. He's dangerous and I doubt he'll go quietly.

    Thoughts are with the victim's family. What a horrible tragedy, but especially at Christmas.

    NAVYTOWN said:
    December 25, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Oh, not to worry. He'll just get another slap on the wrist this time. Yet another example of why I have lost all respect for our so-called 'justice' system.

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