Monday, July 28, 2008

Police investigate Everett homicide Staff

EVERETT, Wash. - Police homicide investigators are on the scene of a fatal shooting in front of a home in the 2400 block of 75th St. SE.

According to police the shooting occurred at about 5:30 a.m.

Neighbors reported hearing multiple shots being fired.

"I was asleep and I rolled over and heard shots from across the street. Two shots," said Mark Downey. "I checked the alarm clock and it was 5:32."

When police arrived they found a man's body.

"When they arrived they found a male deceased in the driveway of the residence," said Sergeant Robert Goetz of the Everett Police Department. "We're working with (a) multiple gunshot wounds victim."

Police say witnesses said they saw a vehicle leaving the scene. They have a vague description of the vehicle believed to be a Toyota pickup truck.

Police say the owner of the home told them he was "sucker punched" but is not a suspect in the shooting.

Neighbors tell KING5 News they are not surprised by the violent incident. They say a year ago they formed a neighborhood watch program to counter drug activity in the area.

"It's been a known problem house, a drug house basically. We've fought for years trying to get it shut down, " said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

"We've got a neighborhood watch program that was started specifically because of that house and the known drug things that are happening down there," the neighbor said. " This is the first actual murder that we've had. There's been a lot of arrests and everything that have happened but this has gotten to a point where something has got to stop."

No arrests have been made as yet.

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