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VIDEO: Suspect in Wayside West shooting expected in court today


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The suspect in the shooting at the Wayside West early Thursday morning has been identified as an employee at the west side bar and is expected to be arraigned today on an open murder charge.

The victim of the shooting at Wayside West on Stadium Drive has been identified as 23-year-old Damian Tarey Tejada of Kalamazoo.

Bar patron John Bolenbaugh says he has played poker with the victim and was right next to the gunman as he was firing the gun.

He says what followed was Chaos as the bar quickly emptied and he began doing what he could for the victim until EMT’s arrived.

Tejada was rushed to Bronson Emergency where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses gave a detailed description of the suspect and that helped Public Safety, who spotted his car at near Lafayette and West Michigan and made the felony arrest.

It’s not clear whether the suspect was on duty at the time of the shooting.