Gang members killed a young man in White Center this morning after accusing him of being in a rival gang he was not part of, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim and a friend were walking down Southwest 108th Street near Second Avenue Southwest around 2 a.m. when two suspects confronted them and accused them of being in a rival gang, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Both denied the affiliation and, as they tried walking away, were shot at.
Officers responded to reports of at least one gunshot and a man lying in the middle of the street at about 2:15 a.m. They attempted life-saving measures, according to Sgt. Tony McNabb, but by the time medics arrived, the gunshot victim had died.
“A young man has lost his life because he was mistaken to be in a gang,” said Deputy Charlie Akers.
In a news release, Akers asked the the public to “put themselves in the shoes of this innocent young man’s family. As we are entering the holiday season, this family is grieving the senseless loss of this young man. If this was one of your loved ones, you would want answers; you would want justice.”
So far, neighbors have only been able to report they saw two black males running from the scene. Anyone with additional details about the murder is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 206-296-3311.