A King County District Court judge on Saturday set bail for two men in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in Seattle’s Rainier Valley on New Year’s Eve.
Bail was set at $1 million for the alleged shooter, a 19-year-old man who was ordered held on investigation of second-degree murder, drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. A second man, 22, was ordered held on investigation of drive-by shooting and rendering criminal assistance; his bail was set at $750,000.
According to the probable cause statement outlining the Seattle police investigation against them, the alleged gunman was the front-seat passenger in a Ford Expedition, driven by the second suspect. Just before 8 p.m. on Dec. 31, the two men exchanged words with Karriem Rhaman, 20, near the intersection of Renton Avenue South and South Kenyon Street, the statement says.
“For unknown reasons, the front seat passenger intentionally fired a handgun multiple times” at Rhaman and another man from the vehicle, the statement says. At least one of the bullets struck Rhaman, who fell to the sidewalk and was later pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center, it says.
A man and woman who were with Rhaman at the time of the shooting both identified the suspects, the statement says.
On Friday, police arrested both men at a residence in Tacoma, according to the statement.