CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: West Marginal racing-rage gunfire suspects charged with shooting at deputies hours later

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged two teenage boys, 17 and 15, in a case involving shots fired at sheriff’s deputies. Reading through the documents, we learned that investigators suspect they were responsible for Last Friday afternoon’s West Seattle gunfire case, involving a man shot at after “confronting” alleged racers. The charging documents say this was part of a reported spree involving “young males … in a silver-green Honda firing shots over a 24-to-48-hour period,” starting in Burien last Thursday, continuing in White Center, and then the West Seattle incident the next day. Last Saturday, prosecutors say, deputies spotted the Honda and a seven-mile pursuit ensued, during which shots ere fired at the deputies’ car. The suspects’ car and a law-enforcement vehicle eventually collided and three people ran away. Prosecutors say the 17-year-old was found hiding nearby with two 9mm “ghost guns” at his feet. Ammunition that had been ordered online was found in the vehicle and in two bags belonging to the two teenagers. The 17-year-old was believed to be the passenger and the 15-year-old, the driver.

Here’s how the charging documents say their alleged spree unfolded:

At 8:40 am last Thursday, a call came in about gunfire in the 600 block of SW 120th in Burien. Deputies found two casings but no injuries or property damage. People in the area mentioned a 4-door Honda Civic. About an hour and a half later, a call came in from a man who said he was riding his bicycle on SW 107th in White Center when someone in a Civic almost hit him. He and the car’s occupants “exchanged words” – and then a passenger in a car shot twice at the rider, missing him the first time, then hitting him in the leg. This shooting was recorded by the security video system of a nearby Metro bus. Detective circulated images from the video.

The next day at 3 pm, Seattle Police were called to investigate gunfire on West Marginal. Here’s how these documents say that happened:

The suspect vehicle … was driving erratically and was possibly racing another vehicle on West Marginal Way. The vehicle was passing other vehicles in the center turn lane. As they all approached the busy intersection, (the victim) ended up beside the suspect vehicle for a red light. (The victim) began exchanging words with the suspect driver about his driving. (The victim) then got out of his vehicle and continued the exchange of words. At some point (the victim) says he kneed the suspect vehicle, At this, the driver and passenger each pulled out guns and pointed them at (the victim, who says) they said something to the effect of “You don’t want to mess with us.” (The victim) then backed away and the driver took one gunshot at his vehicle. The gun then appeared to have jammed (and then) the front passenger leaned across the driver and fired two shots into each of (the victim’s) vehicle’s tires.

Witnesses took photos/video that enabled investigators to match the vehicle with the one involved in the White Center shooting the day before. And WC is where, 7 hours later, deputies spotted the car, parked, but it was driven away before they could move in. Four and a half hours later, they spotted it again, this time on the move in downtown Burien. They pursued the vehicle south, and it was around Des Moines where deputies say they were shot at. The pursuit ended after the driver wound up in a dead-end cul-de-sac. That’s where three people bolted, all caught within a few hours after what the documents describe as a massive search.

Two boys are charged in connection with the pursuit and that gunfire – charges are not yet filed in the other cases, including the West Seattle incident. The 17-year-old passenger alleged to have done most of the shooting is charged as an adult, so we’re identifying him, Evan T. Nguyen of Burien. He is charged with two felonies, first-degree assault with a firearm and second-degree unlawful firearm possession. The 15-year-old is charged with three felonies, first-degree assault with a firearm, second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. (The third boy who was in the car has not been charged.)

Before the charges were filed, at their first appearances this past Monday, prosecutors argued that both should remain in juvenile detention. The judge agreed for the 15-year-old, but allowed the 17-year-old to be sent home with electronic monitoring. Now that he’s charged, prosecutors say, a judge has agreed to a $500,000 warrant to book him back into custody; we don’t know his current status. Nguyen has a previous felony firearms case pending in a case that killed a 19-year-old man in Burien (he’s not charged in the death because it was possible self-defense); the 15-year-old has no record.

38 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: West Marginal racing-rage gunfire suspects charged with shooting at deputies hours later"

  • uncle loco June 30, 2022 (5:29 am)

    “…but allowed the 17-year-old to be sent home with electronic monitoring.
    Now that he’s charged, prosecutors say, a judge has agreed to a $500,000
    warrant to book him back into custody; we don’t know his current
    status. Nguyen has a previous felony firearms case pending in a case
    that killed a 19-year-old man in Burien (he’s not charged in the death
    because it was possible self-defense); the 15-year-old has no record”

    Wow they sent him home? Normally I would be surprised but not any more. I don’t understand why these crimes involving guns are taken so lightly with the court system considering the push on gun legislation. People like this are clearly a danger to the community regardless of their age.

  • anonyme June 30, 2022 (5:40 am)

    So, the seventeen-year-old identified as having done most of the shooting was previously involved in a homicide, but he gets sent home with an ankle bracelet while the 15-year-old goes to detention?  How is this decision taking gun violence seriously?  Gun violence should warrant automatic detention – not being sent home with mommy and daddy, who obviously have no control.   

  • WS4life June 30, 2022 (7:42 am)

    Geeze, I’m glad they were caught before anyone was killed.  Talk about youth in revolt!

  • paul June 30, 2022 (7:44 am)

    Last time a youth was sent home with a monitoring device it was cut off and someone ended up shot.  Hoping that this is not the case with this person…..

    • Perry Dept June 30, 2022 (2:39 pm)

      It’s very unlikely that that was the last time a youth was sent home with a monitoring device. You’re only aware of it because it was cut off and someone ended up shot. It happens a lot more often than you seem to realize. 

  • balderdash June 30, 2022 (8:17 am)

    Hot foot on the pedal and hot lead from a hot head.Daily occurrence it seems. Just yesterday, a car behind me swapped lanes and cutoff 2 cars while trying to go from extreme right lane to extreme left and the all sorts of crazy to get going up Highland Park Way.  Nutso and idiotic behavior abounds.

  • Alki Resident June 30, 2022 (8:24 am)

    I’m gobsmacked that they let the 17 year old go home after all the violence and terror he has wrought on our community, including shooting at law enforcement and endangering their lives. He’s obviously unhinged with no self control. Have the judges learned nothing from the recent case of the other violent teens who they let go home, only to cut off the monitors and kill an innocent pot shop worker days later? I guess not. The activist judges need to be replaced and voted out. They make our cities and neighborhoods unsafe for all of us, while catering to violent criminals. 

    • RickB June 30, 2022 (10:09 am)

      “The activist judges need to be replaced and voted out. They make our
      cities and neighborhoods unsafe for all of us, while catering to violent
      criminals.” I agree, with the massive increases in gun violence and mass shootings, it’s crazy that SCOTUS is making it even easier for people to get guns.

  • TJ June 30, 2022 (8:31 am)

    No attempted murder charges as of yet. Shooting at someone, and hitting a person, is attempted murder. We will see on the latest incidents and how they are charged, but they need to be locked up for a long time. 

    • WSB June 30, 2022 (9:46 am)

      We’ve had this discussion before. State law does not have an “attempted murder” charge. First-degree assault with a deadly weapon is that charge.

      • wscommuter June 30, 2022 (1:08 pm)

        That, and I think a lot of folks don’t understand that Assault 1 is a “Serious Violent Offense” under the SRA (statute) – at the same level of seriousness as Rape 1 or Kidnap 1.  Very high standard range and on mulitple counts of Assault 1, all that time is served consecutively and not concurrently (plus the firearm enhancements are consecutive as well).  These knuckleheads are looking at serious time.  

      • EJ July 1, 2022 (3:21 pm)

        Pretty much any crime can have “attempted” tacked onto it. The result is just that, with some exceptions (for the most serious of crimes) it gets knocked down to the next class; i.e., Class A felony to Class B felony, Class B felony to Class C felony, etc. The statute even contemplates attempted murder. See RCW 9A.28.020. 

  • Goodaguy June 30, 2022 (9:13 am)

    You’re a fool if you think a 15 year old today is still a child. Throw them in jail.

    • Rocket June 30, 2022 (11:48 am)

      Anyone under 25 is cognitively and emotionally a child.  For this reason gun laws should be changed at the least and many other standards of adulthood should be revisited.

      • Mike June 30, 2022 (10:38 pm)

        Anyone under 25 is cognitively and emotionally a child.”Well, damn, I had friends fighting wars long before 25.  A friend smoke jumping into forest fires before he was 25.  I bought a house before I was 25, without any help from my parents even…oooo responsibility.  I even signed papers with a bank and have never been late on a payment, even while I had been unemployed.  I was 10 when I got a hunting license, carried a deadly weapon and knew it was wrong to go around popping shots off at people.  I started working when I was 12 and learned how to file taxes with my Mom.  25 you say, interesting….

        • Jethro Marx July 1, 2022 (6:26 pm)

          Sounds like you’re very responsible; how old are you now?

        • Colleen July 5, 2022 (6:22 pm)

          You are my hero!

  • Wseattleite June 30, 2022 (9:39 am)

    If one wants to stay out of sight from law enforcement, one should not shoot at an officer. 

  • Mr. P. Collins June 30, 2022 (9:58 am)

    A few years ago the county was holding restorative healing circles with victims and perpetrators. The victims were aloud to share their stories  and the ways  they were impacted and the “perpetrators” were encouraged to talk about their  life experiences.   

    • Auntie June 30, 2022 (10:38 am)

      To me, that sounds like a ridiculous idea. Did they actually think the perpetrators give a damn how their victims feel? Not bloody likely! And if I were a victim, I would not give a damn what excuses the perpetrators had for causing me loss or injury.

    • Sam June 30, 2022 (3:50 pm)

      Someone in one of those healing circles killed another kid in west seattle

      • Kirk Anderson June 30, 2022 (7:54 pm)

        The Tuba Man killers… 

    • LivesInWS June 30, 2022 (9:59 pm)

      ” the ‘perpetrators’ were encouraged to talk about their  life experiences. “

      Creepy AF. Plus the quotes around perpetrators to imply they weren’t really perpetrators? No thank you. 

    • anonyme July 2, 2022 (8:37 am)

      I have a better idea.  Bring back the stocks and pillory, lock the perps in for a few hours in a public place, and let the victims have at ’em.  Verbally, and with whatever rotten fruits and vegetables or other organic substances they choose to hurl.  I’ll bet a lot of victims would find the experience very ‘healing’ indeed.

  • Apotheosis June 30, 2022 (10:18 am)

    The street racing scene on W. Marginal needs to be addressed – it’s a public safety issue and a nuisance.  

  • Eldorado June 30, 2022 (10:35 am)

    Model citizens. 

  • Rhonda June 30, 2022 (12:55 pm)

    It’s mind-boggling that the 17 year-old with the felony charges and felony record was set free (basically) while the 15 year-old is held in custody. The felon could have been several states away by now and still committing violent crimes.

  • Sickofitall June 30, 2022 (6:15 pm)

    And just think… right up until they shot people they were responsible gun owners. 

    • uncle loco June 30, 2022 (9:07 pm)

      No they weren’t. Not legal to possess a handgun at that age.

    • John July 1, 2022 (8:28 am)

      Actually, being under the age of 18 means they were illegally possessing firearms.So, no, they are not responsible gun owners, just criminals.

    • Peter S. July 1, 2022 (9:15 am)

      You seem confused about the word “responsible”.  Precisely the opposite. These are exactly the type of people who should NOT have guns.

  • CarDriver June 30, 2022 (7:09 pm)

    According to the news tonight detectives are looking for the 17yo suspect.  Obviously wasn’t home……anybody surprised??

    • Peter S. July 1, 2022 (9:10 am)

      And then we complain that police don’t seem to have the time to pursue other criminal activity. /sarc

  • MW June 30, 2022 (7:26 pm)

    Why are these shooters allowed to go home on monitoring?   They tell their victim “you don’t wanna mess with us” then to prove the point they shoot at him as he backs away, and hit his car and tires.  They shoot a bicyclist twice, hitting his leg.  These teenage criminals don’t give anyone a break, not even for those who have never encountered them before – so why are they being given any break within the system?   These criminals need a judicial system that’s hostile to them in the same way the criminals are hostile to us.   Guaranteed that would have a sobering effect on criminals and many of these crimes would stop or slow WAY down.  Our justice system is a soft mess and needs to be completely overhauled.  It’s motto needs to be: “Mess around even Once and Find out.” 

  • James June 30, 2022 (8:19 pm)

    WSB. Going forward would you please name the judges making these decision so we can consider this when voting?  

  • Scubafrog June 30, 2022 (11:02 pm)

    I hope the 17yo doesn’t kill anyone before he’s apprehended – IF he’s apprehended.  The guy shoots at a citizen, and deputies, and goes home with an ankle bracelet until trial.  Of course he’s fled.   

  • Renee U July 1, 2022 (5:53 am)

    I was driving north bound on Marginal Way on Saturday/Sunday morning at 1AM. The whole south bound lanes were backed up with over 100 cars and people for street racing. Luckily I made it through, but it was a scene from Fast and the Furious. 

  • Mike July 5, 2022 (2:45 pm)

    These judges

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