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Man suspected in fatal Lakewood nightclub shooting is arrested

Monroe Ezell arraigned over Lakewood nightclub shooting

Portland resident Monroe James Ezell, 30, appeared in Pierce County Superior Court on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, charged with second-degree murder in the Oct. 21 death of Terrence King, a 28-year-old Seattle man.
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Portland resident Monroe James Ezell, 30, appeared in Pierce County Superior Court on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, charged with second-degree murder in the Oct. 21 death of Terrence King, a 28-year-old Seattle man.

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.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653; @stacia_glenn
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