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March 24, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Suspect in White Center slaying held on $1M bail

An 18-year-old SeaTac man remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail after a judge on Saturday found probable cause to hold him on investigation of second-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting in White Center on Wednesday night.

Seventeen-year-old Ruben Castillo of Burien died of a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

He was in the backseat of a car that stopped at a gas station at the corner of Southwest Roxbury Street and 15th Avenue Southwest just before 10 p.m. Wednesday when the driver noticed a group of males looking at him from a bus stop across the street, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the 18-year-old.

As the car pulled out of the station, the 18-year-old allegedly pulled a 9 mm handgun from his back pocket, loaded a magazine and fired three rounds at the car as it drove east, the statement says.

One round passed through the car’s tail light and trunk, then traveled through the backseat, striking Castillo in the back, it says. Castillo, realizing he’d been shot, began screaming; the driver drove to a nearby fire station for help and Castillo was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he died, the statement says.

According to detectives, the 18-year-old admitted to firing the shot that killed Castillo during an interview with King County sheriff’s deputies on Friday, the statement said.

King County prosecutors expect to file formal charges against the 18-year-old on Wednesday.

The man, who is also being held on investigation of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, was wanted on a $25,000 warrant for a prior residential burglary at the time of the shooting, court records show. The man also appears to have ties to at least two Seattle-area street gangs, according to the records.

The Seattle Times is not identifying him because he has not yet been charged with a crime.

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