Senior Center victim and shooter from SeaTac, police say

 

December 15, 2018

A shooting at the Edmonds Senior Center Dec. 14 claimed the life of one man. The parking lot and surrounding area, including the beach, were closed while investigators examined the scene.

A large party at the Edmonds Senior Center Friday, Dec. 14, ended with gunfire and one man fatally shot outside.

On Saturday, police were examining the lawn area in front of the center. The parking lot was surrounded by police tape, and the adjacent beach was closed to the public.

According to Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley, an Edmonds police officer patrolling the Senior Center area on Railroad Avenue heard several shots. Moments later, he saw a vehicle speeding from the parking lot.

The officer gave chase, briefly lost sight of the vehicle, but found it again in the Westgate area on Edmonds Way. Officers responded and detained three persons of interest inside the vehicle.

Patrol officers discovered the body of a 23-year-old man from SeaTac outside the Senior Center. He had been shot, and was pronounced dead at the scene, Hawley said.

The Senior Center had been rented out for a party, and well over 100 people were at the event. Hawley said officers received very limited cooperation from anyone that stayed at the location.

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


By Saturday morning, detectives determined that one of the passengers in the vehicle was actually the shooter. He was identified as a 21-year-old man from SeaTac. The driver of the vehicle was a 21-year-old man from SeaTac, as well. The third person in the vehicle was interviewed and released, Hawley said.

The shooting appears to have occurred as part of a fight that broke out during the party. The cause of the fight is still unknown.

The shooter and driver were both booked at Snohomish County Jail in Everett.

The driver was booked for eluding a police officer, and the shooter for second-degree murder. The firearm used in the shooting has not been recovered.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office took custody of the victim’s body and will 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 to Epdtips@Edmondswa.gov.

According to the Senior Center website, room rentals are available evenings and weekends. The downstairs banquet hall can accommodate up to 250 people, while the upstairs ballroom can accommodate up to 180 people.

A shooting at the Edmonds Senior Center Dec. 14 claimed the life of one man. The parking lot and surrounding area, including the beach, were closed while investigators examined the scene.

 

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