An unexpected note landed in the WSB inbox overnight — from the lawyer for the 17-year-old who turned himself in the day after the fatal shooting at 59th & Admiral inside the black car marked with a white arrow in the photo at right. The lawyer, Bellevue-based Robert Perez, tells WSB his client remains in juvenile detention following a hearing yesterday, and adds, “I can assure you that the circumstances leading to the shooting were anomalous and it’s my belief that my client poses no danger to anyone in your community.” That comment was in response to our followup questions after Perez’s first note to us, which asked if we would post his “call for witnesses” — in the WSB tradition of posting many things verbatim so you can evaluate for yourself, here’s what he wrote:
My name is Robert Perez. I am the attorney who represents the young man who voluntarily turned himself in (Sunday) in connection with the shooting in your neighborhood Saturday afternoon. He and I would both like to express our regret for the disruption and fear this may have caused your community, and we remind you to please keep in mind the presumption of innocence that is a fundamental value under our system of justice.
The reason I am contacting you is because I would appreciate your assistance in locating any witnesses who may have seen the shooting or any of the events surrounding it. If anyone has any information relating to this case, please contact me at (425) 748-5005 and state that this is in relation to the Admiral Way shooting.
There is reason to believe that the black Nissan involved in the shooting may have been seen in and around the neighborhood on prior occasions. I am particularly interested in any sightings of this vehicle or its driver near schools or other places where children congregate. The driver of the Nissan was a Hispanic male, approximately 33 years of age. If you have any information relating to such sightings, or anything else involving this case, please call me at the number above.
Thank you for your assistance.
Again, for context’s sake, we did not seek out this person for comment — his note arrived in our e-mail completely unsolicited. And in the interest of both sides of the investigation equation, we should also mention that we’re sure Seattle Police and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office also would want to talk to anyone with information vital to this case. We are still awaiting official identification of the victim, and will post that information whenever it becomes available; we also will continue to watch this case’s progression through the courts.