A South Seattle gang member who fatally shot a teenager at Garfield Hig School in a revenge slaying has been found guilty of first-degree murder with a firearm and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm.
D’Angelo Saloy killed 15-year-old Quincy Coleman, a Central District gang member, on Halloween night 2008. Coleman was hanging out with friends on stairs behind Garfield High when he was killed.
Coleman was shot twice in the back and died at the scene, police said. Saloy was also found guilty last week of wounding a second teen, Demario Clark, who survived the shooting.
Saloy was arrested in connection with the shootings in September 2012 as he walked out of the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, where he’d served an 11-month sentence for second-degree assault on a police officer and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Saloy is alleged to have claimed that he threw weapons into Lake Washington near Mount Baker Beach Park, where police divers later recovered four weapons. However, the firearms were so corroded that they couldn’t be test-fired and compared to .38-caliber bullets recovered from Coleman’s body.
During a 2010 conversation recorded by a someone wearing a wire for police, Saloy said that he had been “very upset about the death” of his 16-year-old friend, Pierre LaPointe. He said that on the night of Coleman’s death, he and some friends had “traveled north to find someone responsible for the shooting,” according to court documents.
Police said the video from the recorded conversation also shows Saloy urinating on Coleman’s memorial marker at the high school, the documents say.
Seattle police said Coleman was a member of a Central Area gang and Saloy is a member of a South Seattle gang.
Saloy, 22, faces between 51 and about 64 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 10.