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August 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

UPDATE: 1 arrest reported in Kent double homicide


Kent police stand in front of the Shell gas station/Wendy’s where two men were slain Wednesday morning. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE, 8 p.m. | Kent police have arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting, KING 5 News reported.

Update 3:40 p.m.: Kent police say they have detained two men in connection with the slaying of two men at a gas station this morning.

Cmdr. Jarod Kasner said detectives are questioning the men and have impounded their cars. He believes they are working on obtaining a warrant to search the vehicles.

Kasner declined to say where the men were located or exactly what their connection to the case might be. He also declined to say whether they have located a murder weapon.

Update 2:48 p.m: A law enforcement source says the two men killed outside a Kent gas station today worked there.

The source, who is close to the investigation, said they’ll be closely reviewing video surveillance from the gas station to find the suspect, or suspects. When reached in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, a secretary for the man who owns the Shell station, which also houses a Wendy’s fast food restaurant, said she didn’t know anything about the shootings. She said she would pass a message to owner Jim Karam.

Update at 11:50 a.m.: Kent police plan to review video surveillance from the gas station to see if they include images of the suspect(s) and what led up to the double homicide.

Thus far, police have not provided a description of the man who opened fire.

Update at 11:03 a.m.: Kent police statement on the shooting: “At @840 this morning calls came in as shots fired.. 6400 s 212th St. OFCs arrived to find two adult males that had been shot and were deceased.  Suspect was described as an adult male in a dark colored car.  Possible dispute unknown reasons at this time and unknown relationship.”

Update at 10:46 a.m.: A man who witnessed the fatal shooting at the Shell station/Wendy’s said the driver of a black Cadillac sedan is the shooter.

The witness, a 27-year-old man who didn’t want to be named, said he had stopped at the Kent gas station to fill up when he noticed the Cadillac parked at one of the pumps with all four doors open. Loud music was coming from the car and two men were standing near the car, he said.

“They were causing a big scene,” he said. “They were idiots.”

The witness looked toward the Wendy’s and saw the passenger of the Cadillac get into an argument with at least two men. Shoves were exchanged and at one point someone threw a punch at the passenger.

The driver of the Cadillac, who was standing near the car, looked at the witness and asked if he was taking down the license plate number of the Cadillac. When the witness replied that he was not, the Cadillac driver reached into the car and pulled out a handgun, the witness said. The armed man then opened fire on the group of men who had been arguing with the passenger, he said. He believes eight to 10 gunshots were fired.

The witness took cover behind a car.

The two men then got into the Cadillac and sped off, he said.

The witness said he walked up to the two victims and saw that they were “obviously dead.”

He said it appeared to two men in the Cadillac were itching for a fight.

“These guys were looking for a fight. They were mean-mugging everybody,” he said.

Update at 10:27 a.m.: Kent police have thus far offered few details on what may have led to the double homicide outside a Shell station.

Police Cmdr. Jarod Kasner said there was some sort of disagreement between the victims and the suspect or suspects. It wasn’t clear what the disagreement was over, but at some point shots were fired.

The shooter or shooters left in a car which headed in an unknown direction. Kasner did not immediately have a description of the vehicle or the suspect(s).

Police responded  around 8:40 a.m. and found the two bodies between the gas pump and service station building, he said.

Updated at 9:54 a.m.: The shooting at a Kent gas station that left two dead may have started as a dispute over a car blocking access to a pump.

The manager tells KOMO two men pulled in to fuel up but parked in a way that blocked other customers. Two men in another car complained and they started arguing.

The manager said a man in the first car pulled out a gun and shot the two, then drove away.

Original post: Two men are dead after a shooting outside a Kent gas station on Wednesday morning.

Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas said the men were slain outside a Shell gas station at 6331 S. 212th St.

Thomas said no arrests have been made.

The gas station also houses a Wendy’s restaurant.

This post will be updated.

| More in The Blotter | Topics: Double homicide, homicide, Kent Police Department

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