Police: Seatac man jailed in connection with shooting that left 23-year-old man dead

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Police outside Edmonds Senior Center shortly after the shooting. (Photo by Brent Tugby)

Edmonds police say that a 21-year-old Seatac man was arrested for second-degree murder and booked into Snohomish County Jail in connection with a fatal shooting outside the Edmonds Senior Center around midnight Friday.

The suspect and the shooting victim, a 23-year-old man also from Seatac, were attending a large party at the senior center, which rents out the facility for events. The shooting appears to have occurred as part of a fight that broke out during the party, police said, although the cause of the fight is still unknown.

According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley, an Edmonds police officer was patrolling near the senior center when he heard several shots. “Moments later, that officer saw a vehicle leaving the parking lot and attempted to stop it,” Hawley said.

The car, far left, after it was pulled over by police on Edmonds Way, next to the new apartment construction at Westgate. (Photo by Brent Tugby)

The vehicle took off at a high rate of speed, and the officer gave chase, briefly losing sight of the vehicle before finding it again in the Westgate area on Edmonds Way. Officers responded and detained three “persons of interest” inside the vehicle, Hawley said.

Patrol officers found the body of the victim outside the senior center. He had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Well over 100 people were at the senior center event. Officers received very limited cooperation from anyone that stayed at the location, Hawley said.

The detective unit was called out and spent all night at the scene collecting evidence and interviewing the three people of interest. The Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory responded to the crime scene to help process evidence and assist detectives, police said.

By Saturday morning, detectives determined that one of the passengers in the vehicle was actually the shooter. He was booked into Snohomish Count Jail for second-degree murder while the driver — a 21-year-old man from Seatac — was booked for eluding a police officer. The third person in the vehicle was interviewed and released.

The firearm has yet to be recovered.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office took custody of the victim’s body and will ultimately release information about the specifics of his death. 

Because of the lack of witness cooperation, detectives are requesting that anyone with information about the shooting contact them or submit tips via email to [email protected]. 

 

43 Replies to “Police: Seatac man jailed in connection with shooting that left 23-year-old man dead”

  1. I was just wondering if, since the murder was committed in Edmonds, if the taxpayers in Edmonds will have to pay for the costs of the trial?
    If both victim and killer are from SeaTac can we send this potentially expensive trial down to SeaTac? Let them pay for it?
    Bill the Senior Center?
    Just hate to see the Edmonds taxpayers on the hook again.

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      1. Thanks very much. That is somewhat good news, although Snohomish County taxpayers will have to pick up the cost of the trial?
        Also Edmonds taxpayers will have to pay for the police work?
        Any reimbursement from the county or state?
        After all, every dollar spent here is one less dollar spent on the marsh, or schools or parks.
        The taxpayers don’t have bottomless pocketbooks.

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  2. “Well over 100 people were at the senior center event. Officers received very limited cooperation from anyone that stayed at the location, Hawley said.”

    “The shooting appears to have occurred as part of a fight that broke out during the party, police said, although the cause of the fight is still unknown.”

    So the Senior Center rented out the place to a bunch of Dopes and Thugs. Soon enough the old building will be closed and mowed down. Good riddance. The new center will have higher facility rents which should help weed out the rental clientele.

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    1. They weren’t “dopes and thugs”; they were high school teens have a dance at a party. There was no drugs allowed in the party and the renters enforced that.

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      1. Ok. A 21 and 23-year-old man were arrested in connection with shooting. Sounds like a good type of party for my Fourteen year old High School daughter to be hanging at. Just some kids with guns. What could go possibly wrong? Seems normal enough, so we shouldn’t stereotype.

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      2. Too bad they didn’t screen for guns.
        Which makes you wonder what kind of party it was where at least on of the kids felt he needed to bring a gun and shoot someone.
        Also the participants involved in the shooting were 21 and 23, seems a little old for high school.
        Why would high school kids in SeaTac want to rent a facility way up here and force everyone to drive up and then home again?
        The whole thing just seems strange to me.

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  3. FYI… you don’t have to be a doper or a thug to shoot someone and run. Don’t assume anything. All you are doing is going off a stereo type. Watch the next shooting be a “high class” person from Edmonds…then what will you say? Closed minds will not get you anywhere.

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    1. OK. I defer to you on this one. You might have more personal experience shooting someone, driving off, then eluding a Police officer. Others at the party gave very limited cooperation to the Police. That’s what all good citizens do. Seems normal enough, so we shouldn’t stereotype.

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    2. “you don’t have to be a doper or a thug to shoot someone and run”

      Very true. But I have to say that as a compulsive news junkie for almost 50 years, I have read many, many, more news stories [almost daily] about gangbangers, drug dealers and strong arm robbery thugs shooting someone and running away and very, very few news stories of rich or middle class people shooting someone and then running away, especially for some trivial reason [such as disrespecting, minor drug deal gone bad, or purse snatching that escalated out of control].
      Another concern here is the truth that once a bullet leaves the barrel, it does not care where it goes or who it hits. Everyone in a 1000 ft radius is in severe danger.
      So strictly as a preliminary conclusion while we wait for more facts, I am afraid I am going to have to agree with Allen on this. Just based on past history, and accepting that I could be wrong.
      The problem with political correctness is that it is often on the wrong side of reality.

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    3. People who own legal guns rarely shoot somebody at a party, or anywhere else for that matter, and run from police. Simple as that. Did I say “rarely” I meant never. The stereotype fits, even if you don’t like it. I bet dollars to doughnuts that I can find hundreds of articles of illegal gun handlers (they don’t own them) who shot and ran from police. And turn up next to none, if none, of “high class” (your biased term) gun owners who shot up a party.

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    4. “Watch the next shooting be a “high class” person from Edmonds…then what will you say?”

      I am certainly going to keep an eye for that event. When I get “all the facts” you will be the first to know. Somehow I bet it is going to be a long long wait. Meanwhile this is the second shooting death of a young person in Edmonds this month. I just think that is something to be concerned about.

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        1. Remember BTK? Law abiding citizen and even work for the police department no it wasn’t a shooting but super twisted. So yes it does happen. Edmonds is so blind and naive. I can tell you I am one of those dopers in the community and you would never guess it. Wake up ! This is reality

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  4. Blaming the Sr. Center for trying to make money to stay afloat. Classy move, Guys. Perhaps you could enlighten us on what type of screening process the Sr. Center could’ve done to prevent this? You must have tons of experience to have made such a judgmental, snarky comment. And you think the Sr. Center should be billed for the whole thing? That would keep the new facility from being built at all.
    On the other hand, it sounds like EPD did a great job protecting us. Let’s focus on that, Fellas.

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    1. “You must have tons of experience to have made such a judgmental, snarky comment.”

      I could be wrong, but this seems to me to introducing personal attacks into the discussion.
      I thought we were all going to try and avoid that?

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  5. “That would keep the new facility from being built at all.”
    Well, if not building it prevents just one more shooting death, isn’t that worth it it?

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  6. The ESC has facility rental, which they will will allow weddings, receptions, birthday parties, nonprofit groups, civic organizations, etc. They’ve allowed hundreds if not thousands of events there without a major incident. I don’t think it’s prudent to criticize the ESC over something they could not have foreseen. The reality is that this could have, sadly, happened at any facility rental, be it a local restaurant, community center, etc. No one wants or desires to have violence in their communities, but it happens.

    To those saying that the “screening process” was lacking, I’m curious to know what measures should they or any venue take. Many of us have reserved space for a party/gathering somewhere. Other than the logistics for the party itself, what information would you be comfortable having a venue ask you about your event? Would it feel offensive or intrusive if they asked who your guests would be or where they reside? Their ethnicity?

    Kudos to the Edmonds PD for being on patrol in the area and their quick response to the situation. I look forward to the investigation results to be made public.

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    1. “I’m curious to know what measures should they or any venue take.”

      Well, I am curious to know what measures you think the ESC should take in the future to reduce the possibility of this happening again?
      And while I don’t criticize the EDC for one bad incident out of [thousands?] of rental events, the reality is that a crowd from out of the area rented the facility and an young man was killed.
      Do we just keep on with business as usual and write his death off as unimportant when measured against the EDC profit motive?
      Or do we try to learn from this and try to prevent it happening again?
      And, of course, the EDC gets to keep all the rental income and the taxpayers of Edmonds and Snohomish County get to foot the bill for the crime.

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      1. I believe it would be premature to make any kind of suggestions for corrective action(s) before all of the facts of the incident are known.

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        1. Well, we could certainly start by admitting that we have a problem, right?
          We may never learn “all of the facts”. Should we just ignore what happened and pretend it won’t happen again?
          How well has that worked in Seattle?
          When was the last time someone was shot dead down at the marina?
          I cannot ever remember such a thing happening before.
          Full disclosure….I have to walk along that very spot quite often, doctor’s order to exercise for my health. So naturally I am very concerned about where Edmonds is headed.

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        2. I think your attitude is kind of ignoring the situation. We can discuss, make a plan, examine from the facts already known. We can also assume some things, like that the 21 year-old wasn’t a legal gun owner and most likely a gang member. The odds favor it. To ignore that something unsavory did happen and to be on alert for more of the same thing and want to stop it is perfectly OK. In fact it’s pretty smart.

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        3. I agree Alicia, “it would be premature to make any kind of suggestions for corrective actions(s) before all the facts of the incident are known”. I believe this is the case for ANY event that happens here in Edmonds, where the police are called in. You and I have had this conversation before, however, you were not so patient in two cases where you were very quick to judge before the facts were known. I am very glad that you have changed your thoughts on this, good for you.

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    2. “The reality is that this could have, sadly, happened at any facility rental, be it a local restaurant, community center, etc. No one wants or desires to have violence in their communities, but it happens.”
      Well, I don’t think was true years ago in Edmonds.
      I sure hope that this comment is not the start of a complete surrender to criminal activity because it just happens.
      I worry a lot about the society we are leaving to our grandkids. I think about it every day and every time I read a news story like this.

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      1. I actually don’t disagree with you. It’s definitely a problem, and one that I hope we can prevent an escalation of. I caution myself against rushes to judgement before having a certain amount of information. Something needs to be done in a thoughtful way.

        I park, walk and have reflection time along the water there on a weekly basis. I love that it’s easily accessible, but now that accessibility gives me a bit of pause. Someone has disrupted an otherwise safe place.

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        1. Hi Alicia, I could not reply above, as the reply was removed, so wanted to do so. Some “Shade”, always defines the Sunshine, of which, you have plenty. I am amazed at how much community service and civic events that you are involved in, and especially glad that you are on the Airport Commission, as my husband has had two hangers at Paine field for the last 30+ years. I have “high hopes” for you, as a very fair-minded woman and always look forward to seeing how you have evolved and grown in your communication. The Future-of-Edmonds relies on you, your commentary, and your dedication. Much Kudos and Respect to you too.

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  7. Welcome to the New Edmonds. Just like Seattle now. Great. My sweetie and I spend a lot of time next to that building watching the waves and sunsets. Guess that sort of thing will have to stop. Time to move.

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  8. One, I Would like to know the criteria to rent the building? Or can you even “screen” people now days or would that be a prejudice call? Seems we have gotten so politically stupid we are. I want to know who would rent a space to high school kids from Seatac? Why here? That should have set up a alarm. What adult signed contract? Are there contracts? We’re there adults? I would like to know the liability for Edmonds citizens? In this day and age, with so many shootings, anyone who rents to a school function ( NOT in their own school building). Should raise a flag.

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  9. Seems to me lots of conclusions are being leaped to here, with little facts to back up most of them. A man over 21 from the Seatac area shot and killed someone outside of the Edmond’s Senior Center. An alert Edmond’s police person in the area responded and the suspect was promptly apprehended. Pretty much end of story right now. Every one needs to take a deep breath and let the police and courts sort this out and then come to rational conclusions about the event and why it may have occurred. It is interesting to me how we all run to our comfortable ideological corners when something like this happens and immediately start spewing non fact based fear and nonsense. Edmonds has had violent episodes in the past and will have them in the future because there is a violent aspect to human nature. This doesn’t mean Edmonds isn’t still a great place to live with friendly people who often reach out to help neighbors in need. Folks, we need to get over this idea that Edmonds is some sort of special oasis of good surrounded by a sea of evil. “Us vs. “Them” is not the way to go here. That paradigm won’t solve anything at any level of society.

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    1. “Folks, we need to get over this idea that Edmonds is some sort of special oasis of good surrounded by a sea of evil.”

      I think that someone who goes out to a high school party and shoots someone is evil. I have no problem making that kind of judgement.

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  10. As I said before, this whole thing seems a little strange to me.
    There are lots of questions we can be asking at this point, rather than try to sweep the young man’s murder under the rug.
    Why was the party held in Edmonds, and not SeaTac, or Burien, or Tukwila, or Kent, or South Seattle?
    Was the ESC that much cheaper?
    Was every other possible venue already booked?
    Or was there the threat of violence in SeaTac that was hoped to be avoided by holding it in Edmonds?
    Was the ESC aware of the possibility of violence?
    Are there any similar events scheduled in the near future at ESC?
    Is ESC going to get sued for the young man’s death?
    Should there have been a police presence at the party?
    If ESC does get sued, with they prevail in court? How much will it cost to defend the lawsuit?
    If they lose, does the ESC have enough resources/insurance to cover the judgement?
    Is the City of Edmonds going to be named as a defendant? Is the city going to have cover any shortage by ESC? Will the city be sued because of their deeper pockets?
    I am not trying to second guess the ESC, and my sympathy goes out to the family of the young man who was killed, but these questions are going to be asked and will have to be answered one way or another.

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  11. I’d like to give a big shout out to the Edmonds police for nabbing the shooter before he got to the Westgate intersection. Great work guys.

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  12. Apparently, based on the update article this morning, there was a police presence at the party after noise complaints. That’s the main reason the suspects were promptly caught. As to “sweeping something under the rug” just who is advocating or doing that? That’s why we have police, courts and newspapers. You say you aren’t trying to “second guess” the ESC. Funny, I see about 10 sentences with the term ESC in them in your letter with question marks after them. If that isn’t second guessing, I don’t know what is. How ’bout we let the good folks at the Senior Center present their case publicly about all this, before we rush to so many judgements and conclusions about their responsibility in the matter?

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    1. I have to agree with you a bit. At this point I really don’t see much culpability on the side of the Senior Center. Those that think ESC could have done something proactively to prevent this should detasil what exactly they think ESC could/should do. Would like to throw out there that I do wonder why the group that rented the building had to come to Edmonds. There isn’t any affordable venues closer to SeaTac? Heck, Burien, Kent, Renton, Federal Way, Tacoma, any part of Seattle, are closer than Edmonds. Seems odd to me, did they expect trouble? Thanks to the good work of the Edmonds police, these types of troublemakers might be inclined to stay away.

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    2. I respectfully disagree with everything you wrote.
      Perhaps a difference in our views as to language?
      To me, a statement like “The ESC should have never rented their facility to that organization for that event.” would constitute second guessing the ESC.
      I never made any such statement.
      But asking a question, as in “Are the Edmonds taxpayers going to be on the hook to pay for any judgements against the ESC if a lawsuit is filed and the ESC loses the case?” or “Did the ESC practice due diligence before renting out their facility?” are completely legitimate questions and are part of a solution to what undeniably turned into a serious problem.
      I don’t have anything against the ESC, but if they are planning to continue to rent their facility in the future in the same manner without at least considering the questions I posed then I am seriously concerned. So should everyone in Edmonds.

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  13. “before we rush to so many judgements and conclusions about their responsibility in the matter?”

    That’s why they were framed as questions and not conclusions or judgements. I thought that was clear?
    And as I said, they are going to be asked sooner or layer anyway.
    Why not start thinking about them now?

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  14. According to my social media snooping and the flyer for the event, at least one of the “sponsors” of this shindig was a recent Lynnwood high school grad which explains “why Edmonds”. Edmonds isn’t special, we have gangs, we’ve had gang activity for quite awhile. It’s just not real obvious “bodies dropping on street corners” type activity but it’s here.

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  15. Mr. Cooper brings up some valid concerns regarding Liability and how it relates to various parties. Here is a link to the shooting that took place at a video game competition this year (very disturbing). Lawyers are presenting a case of negligence for not providing proper security, to everyone involved including the landlord. If the capacity of the senior center is less than 100 people and/or the particular space they rented was over the intended capacity. Lawyers could find Negligence that could work in plaintiff’s favor, have to wait and see if case law sets a disturbing precedent in game competition shooting case. Very unfortunate situation that a young man lost his life, so senseless. Thank you, Edmonds Police for keeping us safe and defusing this situation. I have been told the Police Department had to layoff 2 full time police officers during the 2008 financial crisis, and recently the Chief of police has requested we hire two more to get back to 2008 Police force levels. I guess it’s very logical to make this a priority City Council in 2019? We don’t want our brave officers rushing into harm’s way without all the help and support we can certainly afford to give them. If the chief of police is requesting more support, we need to answer his call!

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/08/30/disconnected-real-world-lawsuit-alleges-negligence-videogame-murders/1151318002/

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    1. I’m going to stir the pot here. I understand that Edmonds is making, or trying to make, a substantial monetary commitment to the homeless in spite of opposition by Edmonds residents. I think that getting back those two police officers would be first priority.

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