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December 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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 Yakima Herald-Republic reports officers have responded to several gang-related incidents at the home in the past.
Investigators have not released any information on the shooting suspects.
December 17, 2013 at 3:14 PM
A 25-year-old man suspected of shooting a man in Des Moines this morning is being questioned by police.
The shooting happened shortly before 11 a.m in the 21900 block of 29th Avenue South, according to police. The victim, a 22-year-old man, told police another man asked him for money. When the victim said he didn’t have any cash he was shot several times in the legs, according to Des Moines police.
The gunman took off, heading north on 29th Avenue South. The victim was taken to Valley Medical Center with serious injuries to his legs, police said.
Des Moines police and King County sheriff’s detectives searched the area and learned that the suspect got onto a King County Metro bus. Officers stopped the bus in the 22400 block of Pacific Highway South; the man was detained.
The suspect is expected to be booked into jail on investigation of felony assault charges.
December 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM
The Associated Press
KELSO — The Cowlitz County sheriff’s office says a 69-year-old man was wounded in a shooting early Monday in Ryderwood.
The man and the 43-year-old woman suspected of shooting him both called 911 about 4:30 a.m.
The man said his roommate shot him and the woman said she had just shot someone.
The man was able to drive to meet an aid crew. He was airlifted to a hospital in Tacoma for surgery on a gunshot wound in the abdomen.
The sheriff’s office says the woman remained on the line and continued to shoot a rifle randomly until deputies arrived.
The dispatcher talked her out of the house, and she was arrested.
December 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM
King County prosecutors charged Vanetta Richardson, 34, of Renton, with second-degree murder today, accusing her of shooting her unarmed husband seven times as he tried to flee their house on Sunday.
Richardson allegedly fired a .40-caliber handgun nine times at Jerry Butler Jr., 31, while her children were in her line of fire, charging papers say. Butler was shot twice in the back, once in the back of the head, once in the buttock, once to the front of his left shoulder and twice to the side of his body, according to the charges.
Though Richardson had told police she fired at Butler who lunged at her during an argument, his injuries are inconsistent with her description of events given “there were no gunshot entrance wounds to the direct front of Butler’s body,” the papers say.
Richardson called 911 just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday and reported that she had shot her husband because he had been hitting her, according to the charges. Butler died at the scene and was found lying face down in the yard outside their house in the 12400 block of Southeast 184th Street in Renton, the papers say.
“Although aiming at her husband, the defendant fired her gun multiple times when her children, who are all 16-years-old or younger, were in her line of fire. Her willingness to kill her husband while simultaneously endangering her children with injury from the gunfire establishes she is a danger to the community and her children,” King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz wrote in charging documents.
Richardson, who remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail, is to be arraigned Dec. 16.
December 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM
The brother of a White Center man who was killed when he was mistaken for a gang member a week ago appealed for someone with information to come forward.
The victim, Michael Delfin-Rodriguez, 22, and his brother, Saul Delfin-Rodriquez, were walking down Southwest 108th Street near Second Avenue Southwest around 2 a.m. Nov. 27 when two young men confronted them and accused them of being in a rival gang, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Both denied any gang affiliation and, as they tried walking away, were shot at. At least one young man fired several shots. Michael Delfin-Rodriquez was shot in the back and died.
Saul Delfin-Rodriguez, spoke about his slain brother at a news conference Wednesday morning.
“My brother is the last person who should’ve died that day because he was all about family,” he said.
He said he and Michael had gone out that night to get something to drink when they encountered two teenagers.
“They looked like a bunch of kids to us,” Saul said. They tried ignoring them, but they opened fire, he said.
“It was completely random,” he said.
Neighbors were only able to report they saw two black male juveniles running from the scene.
Asked what he would say to the people responsible for the slaying, Saul said, “You guys have to pay for this sooner or later.”
Anyone with additional details about the slaying is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 206-296-3311.
“A young man has lost his life because he was mistaken to be in a gang,” Deputy Charlie Akers said last week.
December 3, 2013 at 6:03 PM
A Renton man was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder with a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm after authorities say he killed a 26-year-old woman because he believed she had damaged his car.
Jowanna Gooden, who died of a gunshot wound to the head, was found dead near the Burke-Gilman Trail, in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, on Oct. 4.
Uriel Boyd has been held in lieu of $1 million bail since his arrest on Nov. 26.
According to the charges:
On the night of Oct. 3, Boyd, who also goes by the name “Duane,” was seen by a witness talking to Gooden at the R-Bar & Grill on 116th Avenue Southeast in Renton.
Detectives got a search warrant for Boyd’s phone records and determined that he received a phone call at 10:55 p.m. on Oct. 3 while near the 4000 block of Bagley Avenue North, which is about five blocks from where Gooden’s body was found. Officers found a single 9 mm shell casing near her feet, as well as a nearly empty can of 211 Steel Reserve beer nearby, the charges allege.
Detectives found the same brand of beer in Gooden’s apartment, along with a pizza she’d purchased within hours of her death.
Police say Boyd drove Gooden to Seattle and they argued after Boyd accused her of damaging his Ford Crown Victoria, the charges say. According to police, Boyd claimed he brandished a 9 mm gun to scare Gooden and the gun went off as he pointed it at her from less than two feet away, the charges allege.
November 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM
A man was shot in the foot during a large fight outside a Pioneer Square nightclub at closing time.
Just before 2:30 a.m. today Seattle police received calls about brawling and shots fired in a parking lot outside Volume at 172 S. Washington St.
Witnesses offered little information, according to police. Volume employees told police a man inside the club had been shot in the foot. The 32-year-old was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a minor wound to his toes, police reported.
Police said the man told officers he was a liquor distributor and promoter and had gone out to his car to get more liquor when he saw a large fight in a parking lot. He heard shots and ran into the club, police said, and realized he was wounded in the foot.
Police said witness accounts were vague and conflicting. They had no information about suspects, and no other damage or injuries were reported.
November 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM
A man was shot and critically injured in the University District early Saturday morning, but Seattle police learned little from people near the scene.
At just before 2 a.m. officers on patrol near 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 42nd Street heard gunshots. A 911 call came in reporting someone had been hit by gunfire.
Officers found “numerous” people in the area, including a man with a gunshot wound to his chest. Medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center.
Officers were able to track down one witness by phone who agreed to return to the scene. He said he saw shots fired, but was trying to get out of the area and didn’t see more.
The motive for the shooting was unknown.
November 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM
Gang members killed a young man in White Center this morning after accusing him of being in a rival gang he was not part of, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim and a friend were walking down Southwest 108th Street near Second Avenue Southwest around 2 a.m. when two suspects confronted them and accused them of being in a rival gang, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Both denied the affiliation and, as they tried walking away, were shot at.
Officers responded to reports of at least one gunshot and a man lying in the middle of the street at about 2:15 a.m. They attempted life-saving measures, according to Sgt. Tony McNabb, but by the time medics arrived, the gunshot victim had died.
“A young man has lost his life because he was mistaken to be in a gang,” said Deputy Charlie Akers.
In a news release, Akers asked the the public to “put themselves in the shoes of this innocent young man’s family. As we are entering the holiday season, this family is grieving the senseless loss of this young man. If this was one of your loved ones, you would want answers; you would want justice.”
So far, neighbors have only been able to report they saw two black males running from the scene. Anyone with additional details about the murder is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 206-296-3311.
November 27, 2013 at 11:52 AM
The 82-year-old man arrested after he allegedly shot another man in Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission last month likely will not face criminal charges.
Roger Mize was arrested Oct. 30 after Darren “Jerome” Nelson, 45, was shot twice just before noon as both men were lining up in the Pioneer Square mission for lunch, according to Seattle police. The two were among the 70 or so men waiting to be let into the cafeteria when they apparently began arguing over money, shelter staff and police said.
The shooting is believed to be the first ever at the mission, which is more than 80 years old.
After his arrest, Mize told police that Nelson had tried to assault and rob him. Police released him a short time later ”pending further investigation,” police spokesman Mark Jamieson said at the time.
Police this week said they have determined that Mize was acting in self-defense and doubt that charges will be filed. A spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office said police have not forwarded a case to them.
Mize has no criminal history, according to a law-enforcement source.
Police said Nelson was taken to Harborview Medical Center. However, Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said this morning there was no record of a patient under that name, even for a discharge.
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