June 27, 2012 at 5:25 AM
7 shot at Federal Way bar; 1 dies
One man was killed and six people were injured in a shooting that broke out at a Federal Way bar early Wednesday.
Federal Way Police Cmdr. Steve Neal said one possible suspect — a man who came to Valley Medical Center with gunshot wounds — is in custody and is being questioned by detectives. The suspect is believed to be in his 20s.
The man who died was identified by friends as Cloise Young, 23, of Kent.
“Cloise was a really, really great guy,” said Shannon Gergen, who has known him since ninth grade. “He loved his little girl. He was a great father, he showed photos of her all the time.”
While Gergen wasn’t at the bar last night, she showed up at the shooting scene with friends this morning.
Friends told her that several people, including the man suspected of shooting Young, were dancing inside the club when there was some kind of “misunderstanding” that led to the gunfire.
The shooting broke out at Johnny’s Famous Grill and Bar as it was closing at 2 a.m. The bar is located along Southwest 336th Street. Police received reports of multiple gunshots, Neal said.
Neal said it’s not known what started the incident. Police said more than two shooters exchanged gunfire.
Deputy Chief Andy Wang said it isn’t clear if the shooting is gang-related, but that’s under investigation.
Officers were interviewing victims who were taken to hospitals in Tacoma, Valley Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. One shooting victim was admitted to Harborview and was in stable condition this morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The conditions of others injured in the shooting weren’t immediately known, although there were some media reports that some had been treated and released.
When officers arrived, the one victim was dead on the scene. Two people inside the bar were injured, but Neal said it’s not known if shots were fired inside the bar, since there were bullet holes in the windows from shots fired from outside. Other people were wounded in the parking lot. Many shooting victims had been inside the bar beforehand.
In the strip mall where the shootings occurred, friends and members of Young’s family huddled together and grieved. About a dozen young people sat on the sidewalk or stood around outside the yellow police tape, talking quietly. One man sobbed as he spoke into his cellphone. A woman who identified herself as Young’s aunt stood watching a yellow tarp outside the bar. She said Young’s body was under the tarp. She planned to wait for the medical examiner to collect his remains before she left.
On June 18, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg announced local authorities planned to get tough on gun crimes by prosecuting more cases under federal statutes. The announcement was prompted by a rise in gun violence. In Seattle alone, 19 of 21 homicides this year have been from firearms.
And on July 23 last year, rival gang members opened fire at a lowrider car show in Kent, wounding 12 people at the La Plaza shopping center, in the 23200 block of Pacific Highway South. The victims ranged in age from 14 to 32.
Seattle Times staff reporter Jennifer Sullivan contributed to this report.
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