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Suspect Fatally Shoots 2, Kills Self at Upscale Restaurant

June 7, 1996

ADDISON, Texas (AP) _ A man fatally shot a woman he was arguing with and a restaurant manager who tried to break up the fight before turning the gun on himself Friday, police said.

The manager of Humperdink’s, an upscale bar and grill where the shooting happened, was identified as Todd Brigham, said Brad Stribling, spokesman for the Tacoma, Wash.-based chain of 23 restaurants.

Neither the woman nor the shooter was immediately identified.

``Everybody’s still trying to hope we’ll wake up (and) it’ll be two hours ago and none of this has happened,″ Stribling told Dallas-Fort Worth television station KXAS.

Witnesses said the woman was sitting with another customer in a booth at lunch hour when the shooter approached and began arguing with her.

``They were very animated,″ Stribling said.

Brigham tried to intervene. A few moments later, the man shot the woman, then turned and shot Brigham in the neck or head, Stribling said.

``The fact that he was trying to get in between these two people is what did him in,″ Stribling said of Brigham. ``He always was trying to keep things running smooth. That’s part of the reason he’s gone, I guess.″

Witnesses said the man shot the woman several more times after shooting Brigham.

Police were questioning several dozen customers who were inside at the time of the shooting. Police recovered a weapon and towed the shooter’s car from the scene.

The gunman used a .45-caliber, semiautomatic Glock 21 handgun, used by many police departments. He apparently did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, said police spokeswoman Mary Rosenbleeth.

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