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Three shootings in past month

The Mirror

One man is dead and another was taken to the hospital in serious condition after gunfire at an apartment in Federal Way early Monday morning –– the third shooting in the city in six weeks.

A man in his mid-20s who police arrested in connection with the shooting remained in custody Thursday, but police hadn’t released his name and he hadn’t been charged.

About 4:30 a.m. Monday, Federal Way Police officers responded to a reported shooting at the Empire Garden Apartments, located at South 333rd Street and 17th Lane South. When they arrived, they found a man in his 20s dead and another man, also in his 20s, with multiple gunshot wounds.

The King County medical examiner identified the deceased man as 26-year-old Timothy A. Swenson and said he died of a gunshot wound to the head. Swenson’s death has been ruled a homicide.

The injured man, who wasn’t identified by authorities, was reported in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

As police arrived at the apartment complex, a man matching witness descriptions was driving away. After a short pursuit, he crashed the car into a light pole after he lost control trying to jump out, police reported. He was unhurt and was arrested.

In another fatal shooting, Gregg Comstock of Federal Way was killed Jan. 18 at the Camelot Square mobile home park. David Siemers, 41, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder.

Siemers claimed the shooting was an accident after he and Comstock spent the evening drinking beer and playing with guns, authorities said.

On Feb. 10, a man in his 20s was shot in the face on the street near South 288th Street and Military Road South. He survived. The suspected shooter remained at-large this week.

Information about him wasn’t released, but police said the men may be acquaintances.

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