Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

June 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

SPD: Hate crime not ruled out as motive in double homicide

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.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: homicide, Seattle Police Department, shooting

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►