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Suspect in custody after fatal Dash Point shooting
t 20-year-old man arrested, second victim still in serious condition
Police arrested a 20-year-old Auburn man July 18 for investigation of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man outside an apartment complex in the Dash Point area of Federal Way earlier that morning.
Detectives are still investigating the relationship between the man and the alleged gunman, who is not being named because he has not been charged.
The homicide happened at 1 a.m. Friday at the Park at Dash Point Apartments, 31736 50th Lane S.W.
Police responded to a call of shots fired at the apartments and found 19-year-old Vadim Grib dead when they arrived. It is unclear how many shots were fired, according to police, who originally believed Grib to be 25 years old.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Grib died from a shotgun wound to the trunk of his body.
A second victim, a 22-year-old man, was later discovered by police at Auburn General Hospital. The man was later transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening gunshot wounds and remains at Harborview in serious condition, Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said Monday afternoon.
Initially, police were searching for four males who are believed to have transported the second victim to the hospital, Schrock said. They are no longer seeking these men and believe they have the only suspect in custody, she said.
“We’re not actively looking for anyone,” Schrock said.
The suspect was arrested Friday afternoon after being brought in for questioning, Schrock said. Police are still working to reveal what led to the shooting.
Prior to the incident, approximately 15 people had gathered in the parking lot of the apartments for an unknown reason, Schrock said. An argument broke out, leading up to the shooting, she said.
Three firearms were found at the crime scene but police have not released information detailing whether they believe the weapons belonged to the suspect and if they were illegally obtained. Police impounded one vehicle Friday and are investigating it for possible evidence, Schrock said.
The suspect has been a defendant in 16 Washington court cases since August 2005, according to King County Court records. Currently, seven of those cases, including one being tried in the Federal Way Municipal Court, are open.
With the exception of a guilty conviction of animal cruelty, a felony offense, no other information on these cases is available. The suspect has had run-ins with the law in King County, Auburn, Federal Way, Ocean Shores and Renton.
Anyone with more information pertaining to this case is urged to call Det. Gregory Wells at (253) 835-6751 or call 911.