A man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a black man at a Flowers bakery in southwest Washington state, police said Friday.
The suspect was identified by police as 38-year-old Michael Joseph Wilson.
He has been arrested and is being held in the King County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Wilson is also charged with three felony counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree robbery and two counts of intimidation of a public servant, police wrote in charging documents.
The shooting occurred early Friday at the bakery in the 400 block of West 17th Avenue NW in Seattle, where several people had gathered to celebrate a birthday.
Police said Wilson approached the couple who were eating breakfast.
Wilson told them that they were black, and told them they could not come inside, police reported.
He also told the couple that they had a knife and that he wanted their wallet, police added.
The victim, a 59-year old man, died at the scene.
He was wearing a mask and gloves, police also wrote.
Wilson had told the woman he was going to rob her, police continued.
He said he was afraid that she would call 911.
The woman called 911, police did not release.
Wilson later told the victim’s wife that Wilson was holding a gun and pointed it at her, the charging documents said.
Police did not say what prompted the incident.