A 46-year-old man who is accused of fatally shooting a man his children called “uncle” is being held is lieu of $3 million bail in King County Jail.
Investigators say the suspect went to the Burien home of his former wife, in the 14000 block of 8th Avenue South, on Tuesday and walked up to the victim’s car, opened the door and shot the victim multiple times in the chest.
The victim had been giving a ride to two of the suspect’s three children, according to court documents. The suspect’s 16-year-old son was in the car during the shooting and his 14-year-old daughter watched it happen , according to a Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The girl called police at 5:40 p.m. to report that her “dad just killed her uncle,” court documents said.
The victim, who has not been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, was not the children’s biological uncle, but was a friend of their mother, West said.
The suspect was dropped off at the police station by the same friend who’d driven to the house where the shooting occurred, court documents say.
The suspect told police that he’d gone to the house to see his daughter and “a guy was there.” He claimed he and the victim got into an argument and that the victim tried to run him over with a car before he fired his weapon.
Prosecutors have until Friday to formally charge the man, who is being held on investigation of first-degree murder.