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As reported by the Union Tribune (CA):

By Jose Luis Jiménez

January 1, 2007

In an apparent random assault, a gunman shot two men inside a crowded dessert cafe Saturday night, killing one, as their wives watched, San Diego police said.

Michael Andrew Fineman, 44, was declared dead at 9:29 p.m. at Extraordinary Desserts on Fifth Avenue just west of Balboa Park, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

A still image from a surveillance video released by the San Diego Police Department shows the suspect (holding backpack) before the fatal shooting in Extraordinary Desserts.

The second shooting victim was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. He is expected to survive, said police, who have not released his identity. The women were not injured.

Around 9 p.m., the men were sitting with their wives when a third man stood near their table staring at them, a surveillance video released by the police shows.

The man exchanged words with the couples at the table before an employee was called over and escorted him out of the restaurant, the video shows.

The video, which has no audio, ends there.

Five minutes later, the man returned with a gun and shot the two men in front of the wives and other patrons at the popular establishment, police said. The gunman was last seen walking south on Fifth Avenue.

Police said the gunman is white, in his 40s, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, unshaven with discolored teeth and thinning brown hair. He was last seen wearing an earth-tone, long-sleeve sweater or jacket, light blue jeans, white tennis shoes and carrying a dark colored backpack.

Fineman, the man killed, was the owner of Michael Fineman Designs, which specializes in designing kitchens. According to a biography on the company's Web site, the New York City native became a handyman at a very young age and remodeled his first kitchen when he was 20.

In 1989, he joined the Army, where he saw action in Operation Desert Storm, and he remained active in the Army Reserve through 1997.

Fineman moved to San Diego in 1991 and established his Del Mar studio in summer 1997. He is survived by his wife, Thuy, and two children, whom police did not identify.

A handwritten sign at Extraordinary Desserts yesterday said it was closed and asked customers to visit the Little Italy location.

Police have asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS (8477) or the homicide unit at (619) 531-2293.

# Police release this video of a suspected shooter in a restaurant slaying.

Jose Jimenez: (760) 737-7568; [email protected]

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- Janq

Lesson to learn: Don't sit and converse/argue/battle with crazy people. Leave forthwith. Pay your bill or whatever and remove yourself. As well it would be good to be situationally aware toward alternate modes of exit such as secondary or emergency exits as well as back doors. Reason being it's not uncommon for folks to wait out side of the main entrance to continue the fight outside. The world is full of people who would give two shits about ruining your day muchless life, for no damn reason at all. :(
A CCW might have been of little use here where as applying ones own brain, which itself is a formidable weapon, could likely have been FTW.
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