Suspect sought in homicide outside White Center tavern

A man who intervened in a fight that began in a restroom and rolled into the street in front of the Taradise Cafe was “calmly shot” and killed, according to King County sheriff’s detectives

King County sheriff’s detectives are looking for a suspect after a man was shot and killed after a White Center bar fight early Sunday, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.

The dispute started as a fight between two women in the bathroom, before moving out to the front area of the Taradise Cafe, and then spilling into the street in front of the establishment at 16th Avenue Southwest, sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said.

Witnesses said a man who had been in the bar had gone outside to talk to one of the women in the dispute when a man in a hoodie “calmly shot (him) in the head as he stood out on the street,” the sheriff’s office said.

West said officers were reviewing surveillance video and didn’t know the relationship between the suspect and victim. One of the women involved in the original fight appeared to be with one of at least two groups having parties inside.

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Paige Fladseth, a bartender at Taradise, said she had just informed patrons of last call when the women emerged from the bathroom after a scuffle. Fladseth was trying to calm one of them down when the other returned with another woman “and just socked her in the face.”

Taradise’s security workers broke up the fight, but the brawlers took things outside and more people became involved, Fladseth said. The bar mostly emptied as people followed the fight, she said.

“I was trying to calm everyone down inside the bar, and then somebody, one of my customers, came to the door crying and said somebody had gotten shot in the head,” Fladseth said.

Fladseth and a few patrons took shelter in the kitchen.

The victim, West…

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