• 2nd suspect arrested in fatal Lakewood nightclub shooting

    By: Stacia Glenn, The News Tribune

    Updated:

    Dec. 26, 2018 Update: A second man has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a Lakewood nightclub that left one person dead and three people wounded, The News Tribune reported on Wednesday.

    The 19-year-old was taken into custody in Portland. He was booked into the Pierce County Jail on Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree assault for the Oct. 21 shooting at New World VIP Lounge.

    Terrence King, 28, of Seattle was killed in the shooting that started when a group of gang members jumped a man inside the club. Three other men who were shot in the back and the foot were expected to recover.

    Also charged in the case is Monroe James Ezell, 30, of Portland.

    He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is being held on $2 million bail.

    According to charging papers:

    A group of men attacked one of the victims inside the club about 1:30 a.m., and a brawl broke out.

    Afterward, a group of men believed to be gang members walked outside to the parking lot. Surveillance footage shows two of them firing shots back toward the club.

    King was shot in the back and died.

    Police estimated 20 shots were fired.

    Previous Coverage: 

    A shooting outside a Lakewood nightclub that left one person dead and three wounded started when a group of gang members jumped a man inside the club, according to court documents.

    Pierce County prosecutors have charged Monroe James Ezell, 30, of Portland with second-degree murder in the Oct. 21 death of Terrence King, a 28-year-old Seattle man.

    Ezell pleaded not guilty at arraignment Thursday, and Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail at $2 million.

    King died of a gunshot wound to the back Police still are investigating the shooting. No other arrests have been made.

    Charging papers give this account:

    A fight broke out inside New World VIP Lounge about 1:30 a.m. after several men attacked one of the victims. That led to at least one other fight.

    A group of men believed to be gang members walked outside to the parking lot. Surveillance video shows two of them shooting back toward the club.

    King was fatally wounded. Three other people were shot — one in the foot and two others in the back.

    Police estimated about 20 shots were fired.

    Detectives identified Ezell using surveillance footage, court records show.

    Staff writer Alexis Krell contributed to this report.


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