Sunday, June 22, 2008

Three dead in separate weekend shootings

Two homicides occurred in King County, one in Pierce


Two men died from fatal shootings over the weekend in King and Pierce counties, making a total of three gun-related homicides in the area since Friday evening.

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday morning on Interstate 5 near the Boeing Access Road, Tukwila police reported. The shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. as the man was driving northbound with friends, who were not injured.

His friends rushed him to Harborview Medical Center, where he died, police spokesman Mike Murphy said. Early Sunday, detectives did not have a description of the suspect or the person's vehicle.

In Pierce County on Saturday evening, sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic violence shooting in which they believe an 81-year-old father shot his 58-year-old son.

Deputies arrested the father and said there was a verbal and physical fight between the two men, Detective Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said. They believe one shot was fired.

The shooting occurred in the 22300 block of 30th Avenue East, near Fort Lewis.

In the Friday night incident, a 21-year-old man killed at a party in SeaTac has been identified as Brandon Wilkins, the King County Medical Examiner's Office said Sunday.

A spokesman said Wilkins' death has been ruled a homicide and that he died from a gunshot wound to his head.

King County sheriff's deputies were called at 9:30 p.m. to a home in north SeaTac, said Sgt. John Urquhart, an office spokesman. The man was dead when they arrived. Urquhart said deputies initially were investigating the shooting as accidental.

He said the shooter fled the house.

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