When his father told him to move out of the family’s Redmond-area house, 22-year-old Mark Karasek engaged in a “daylong argument” that culminated with the fatal shooting of Zdenek Karasek on Friday, according to King County prosecutors.
Karasek, who is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, charging papers say. Karasek, who was convicted of vehicular assault in March 2013, was barred from possessing firearms.
He is accused of opening fire on his father with a .40-caliber handgun as the elder Karasek ate radishes in a sitting room just off the front-door foyer, striking him in the face and back, the papers say. King County sheriff’s detectives later found a magazine loaded with .40-caliber rounds in the water tank of a toilet near the younger Karasek’s bedroom, according to the charges.
Karasek’s 11-year-old brother and grandmother were able to flee the house after the shots were fired and ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911, the papers say.
Karasek also told two friends to leave before police arrived, handing them keys to a Ford Crown Victoria, say the papers, which indicate Karasek’s girlfriend was also in the house at the time. Though no one witnessed the shooting, the brother, grandmother and girlfriend all told detectives the younger Karasek was the only one with guns in the house and that he’d fought with his father in the hours before the fatal shooting, the charges say.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that Zdenek Karasek, 50, died from the gunshot wound to his back, according to the charges.