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

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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, 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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