Man dies after shooting at Federal Way Transit Center
A 19-year-old man who was shot in the chest at the Federal Way Transit Center today has died, authorities said.
By Seattle Times staff
A 19-year-old man who was shot in the chest at the Federal Way Transit Center shortly this afternoon has died, authorities said.
Police have taken a man identified as a "person of interest" into custody.
Police said the shooting at around 3:30 p.m. followed an argument in the bus-loading area between the victim and another man. They did not know how many shots were fired and have not recovered a weapon.
"We believe we're looking for just one person," said Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock. "We're looking for a weapon and the shooter."
Immediately after the shooting, the bus loading area was cordoned off, and buses were diverted to load and unload passengers on 23rd Avenue South.
In January 2008, Dar'Rel Miller was fatally shot while she was at the transit center. Court documents said a witness claimed he saw a 21-year-old man pull a gun out of his coat, point it at him and fire. But the gunshot missed the man and struck Miller, a bystander.
The 21-year-old man was arrested and charged.
However, the charges were later dropped after private criminal-defense attorneys Diane Zumwalt and Mark Prothero hired an investigator to review hours of video-surveillance tapes from Sound Transit. It took several months to clear up the images, but with a forensic videographer, they were able to prove through relative cranial measurements that their client was not the shooter.
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Shooting closes Federal Way Transit Center; parking garage still open
The Federal Way Transit Center has been closed while police investigate a shooting. Buses are stopping on streets around the center while the platforms are closed, Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray said.
Service for Sound Transit, King County Metro and Pierce Transit has not been significantly delayed, he said.
"There is just a little confusion right now," Gray said.
The shooting was reported about 3:30 p.m. The parking garage at the center remains open so riders can still get to their cars, he said. There was no word on when police would reopen the bus platforms, he said.
FEDERAL WAY - One man is dead after a shooting at the Federal Way Transit Center and a second man is jailed for investigation of homicide
Police say the two men were waiting for a bus on the platform when some kind of confrontation happened. One of the men pulled out a handgun and shot a 19 year old man in the neck. He was transported to Harborview medical Center where he died a short time later.
Rick Buttelo witnessed the shooting. He says; "I ran over here and I saw the guy laying on the ground holding his throat with, look like someone waiting on the bus, like a nursing student was over him holding his throat too."
Police say they don't know if the men knew each other or what caused the argument. Witnesses helped police identify the gunman and he was arrested immediately following the shooting.
This is the second act of violence at the Federal way Transit Center this year.
In April a double amputee was attacked and severely beaten after he asked a group of young men to quiet down.
Since then police have stepped up patrols and more surveillance cameras have been added and more are on the way.
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queen parody comes to mind: 'another one rides the bus..hey, I'm gonna get you too, another one rides the bus..'
In the 1990s, many californians and minorities moved to this city: now they reap the whirlwind. I stopped in a (major retail outlet) there a coupla weeks ago: hardly a White in the store and 3 cashiers serving 30 customers in 3 long lines. Coming to a city near you: poverty, White flight and detroitification.
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