A man driving in Seattle’s Central Area was shot in the wrist early today by someone in another vehicle, police reported. The shooting took place sometime before 2:30 a.m., when the 21-year-old gunshot victim showed up at Harborview Medical Center. His wound was not considered life-threatening, police said. The man later told police he’d been driving with his…More
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Police say the bridge of a 16-year-old girl’s glasses deflected a drive-by shooting bullet in Rainier Beach Saturday night, saving her from possibly fatal injuries. Witnesses say suspects shot from a dark sedan at about 9:40 p.m. into a home in the 5400 block of South Roxbury Street. Several people, including children, were in the home …More
The Associated Press SUNNYSIDE, Yakima County — A 5-year-old boy was wounded by a shot fired into a home at Sunnyside, and police call the shooting gang-related. Police say the boy was hit about 9 p.m. Tuesday and taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the lower body. There’s no word Wednesday on his condition. The…More
A teenage boy was shot in the leg Tuesday while urinating in some bushes in South Seattle. According to Seattle police, the boy had called his mother from Cleveland High School around midday to say that he was sick and coming home. The teen stopped his car at a basketball court near South Holly Park Drive and South…More
A drive-by shooting occurred in South Seattle this evening, but no one was injured despite a window being shot out in a car occupied by four people, according to the Seattle Police Department. Police responded just after 5 p.m. to a report of gunfire near the intersection of Rainier Avenue South and South College Street, according…More
The Associated Press YAKIMA — Police say they’re not getting a lot of cooperation from the victims of a shooting outside a hookah lounge — a private smoking club — in Yakima. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the four men and two women were shot early Sunday in the parking lot of Aladdin’s Hookah Lounge. A 31-year-old man…More
A Port Orchard man was arrested last night following a drive-by shooting in Bremerton, police said. The victim said he was driving next to the another vehicle on Naval Avenue around 9:30 p.m. when he exchanged words with the occupants of the second vehicle, police said. Someone in the second vehicle fired a gun out of the passenger…More
CORRECTED VERSION A 20-year-old woman was shot in the chest in a drive-by shooting in Kerry Park early Friday morning. Police said she does not appear to have life-threatening injuries. Seattle police are reporting that officers investigating a small fire in the area about 2 a.m. were approached by a woman who told them her friend had just…More
EVERETT — The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office has decided to charge Erick N. Walker with second-degree murder, rather than first-degree murder, in the fatal drive-by shooting of Molly Conley. Walker was also charged this afternoon with five counts of second-degree assault and four counts of drive-by shooting.
Prosecutors had earlier said they planned to charge the 27-year-old Boeing employee with first-degree murder, but opted for second-degree murder after a court hearing this afternoon. In ordering Walker to be held in lieu of $5 million bail, Everett District Court Judge Tam T. Bui found probable cause to hold Walker for investigation of second-degree murder. She said she did not find sufficient probable cause to hold him for investigation of first-degree murder.
First-degree murder generally requires prosecutors to prove an element of premeditation or another aggravating factor, said Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Joan Cavagnaro. In Walker’s case, prosecutors had originally said that the murder was committed with “extreme indifference to human life.”
Second-degree, or felony murder, however, only requires prosecutors to prove that a person committed a felony, such as pointing a weapon at someone, and as a result of that felonious act caused the death of another person.
“We agreed with the detectives in the moment, but when we went back to the office, we said, ‘Well, the judge wears the black robe so at this point we will file felony murder,’ ” Cavagnaro said.
She said the investigation is far from over, and that prosecutors could still amend the charge to first-degree murder should the evidence warrant it.
Walker, of Marysville, is suspected of killing 15-year-old Conley. Police and prosecutors say Walker was involved in at least a dozen drive-by shootings the night of June 1, when Conley was killed while walking with friends, according to a probable-cause statement filed in the case. Walker was linked to Conley’s shooting through ballistics and damage sustained by his car in a hit-and-run accident the same night.
The damage on his vehicle was consistent with the accident reported by witnesses, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition, Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe said this afternoon that ballistics has matched five of the slugs recovered from the shooting scenes to two firearms owned by Walker.
The Sheriff’s Office says investigators do not believe anyone else was involved in the shootings. They still don’t have a motive.More
Sexual assault: Seattle police responded to an attempted sexual assault in Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill this morning. Details to come. Drive shooting: It happened in North Seattle at Aurora Avenue North and North 80th Street. One of two brothers was wounded. It’s going to be hot again today with a high in…More