With no known motive, Seattle police are looking into the possibility that the fatal shooting of two men early Sunday morning may have been a hate crime.
One of the two victims was gay, Mayor Ed Murray said this afternoon during a news conference at the police department’s East Precinct. Police don’t know whether that was the motive.Assistant Police Chief Carmen Best said, “Nothing is off the table.”
There has been one arrest in connection with the two deaths, and police are seeking additional suspects.
Police initially received information linking Matalepuna Malu, 26, to the fatal shooting of two men and are now working to identify other suspects in the case, police said this afternoon. Malu remains in custody at the King County Jail for a federal warrant and an assault investigation, police said.
The assault occurred just before the two homicides, and is not believed to be related to the homicides, Best said
Killed in the shooting near South King Street and 29th Avenue South were Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, and Ahmed Said, 27. While the motive is not clear, police say the killings were not gang-related.
The two men were killed just steps from Anderson-Young’s house.
“These were not young men involved in crime,” Murray said of the victims during the news conference. Best said the victims were “two outstanding citizens.”
Best said one of the reasons police believe others were involved is that a car connected with the shootings had been moved. She said the murder weapon has not been recovered.
Malu called his brother after the shootings “crying hysterically” and saying that he had shot someone in the face and was positive the person was dead, police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.
After Seattle police released Malu’s name as a suspect, Malu called police and said he wanted to clear his name and would turn himself in, according to the document. About 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Malu arrived at police headquarters and was standing outside when he was recognized by Assistant Chief Nick Metz. He was arrested.
On Monday, King County District Court Judge Anne Harper found probable cause to hold Malu in custody for investigation of two counts of first-degree murder and scheduled his next court appearance for Wednesday, which is also the deadline for prosecutors to file charges.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 206-233-5000.