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Boulder restaurant murder suspect appears in court; victim identified

BOULDER, Colo. -- The man who was killed in a shooting at a Boulder restaurant just after midnight on Memorial Day was identified Tuesday as Christopher King.

Murder suspect Louis Sebastian appeared in Boulder County District Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said they’re still trying to figure out what led to the deadly argument, and if the suspect and victim knew each other.

Sebastian appeared in court with a black eye and a busted lip.

Police said the 32-year-old shot another restaurant patron -- first outside the Bramble and Hare restaurant, where bullet holes remained Tuesday.

Then, he fired inside the restaurant and bar at 1970 13th Street as customers and staff watched in horror.

King, 49, was originally from San Marcos, Calif., but police said he and the suspect were Boulder locals.

It is a situation that could have ended with more carnage if two restaurant workers hadn’t stepped in to subdue and detain Sebastian.

Bartender Griffin Farro confirmed he and chef Bryan Daniels -- a former Marine -- disarmed Sebastian and held him down until police arrived.

He also said he and staff performed CPR on King until paramedics got there.

“Our hearts are broken for the family of the victim," the owners of the fine-dining restaurant said in a statement. "And our hearts ache for our staff and guests who had to endure the traumatic event.”

Police said because there were a lot of people in the area at the time of the shooting along the Pearl Street Mall, it might take a couple of days to complete their interviews.

Daniels received an award of heroism in 2014 for risking his life to rescue a driver trapped in a burning tractor-trailer in Fort Worth, Texas.