The woman accused of shooting a man in the head Tuesday at a Kent Starbucks told her mother he had sexually assaulted her, according to court documents released today.
The suspect, 24, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail during her bail hearing this afternoon at the King County Jail. She is being held on investigation of first-degree assault.
Kent police say the woman and the victim were walking into the Starbucks at Southeast 208th Street and 107th Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when she shot him in the head. The woman then ran off, police said.
When officers arrived, the victim, who has not been identified, wrote down the name of the person who shot him in the head, police said. Police also have surveillance video footage taken from a business in the same strip mall which shows the woman shooting the victim, according to an affidavit of probable cause outlining the police case.
The suspect later turned herself in to Tacoma police. Her mother told police that her daughter called her crying after the shooting. She said her daughter claimed that she had shot the man because he had sexually assaulted her, the affidavit said.
The victim is in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Witness Mike Tyler, of Puyallup, said was in his car with the windows down when the shooting occurred a few feet in front of him.
“I was smoking a cigarette and heard a pop. It didn’t sound like a gunshot,” he said.
Tyler got out of the car to help the wounded man. He said the man was holding his left cheek and bleeding. Tyler, a former soldier, told someone to grab towels and gloves as he compressed the wound.
Tyler said the wounded man told him he was shot by his girlfriend. He didn’t press him for details about his relationship.