A 39-year-old Federal Way man was fatally shot Friday afternoon, Nov. 26 in Kent at a bus stop in the 23300 block of Pacific Highway South.
Officers responded at about 3:40 p.m. to reports of a man being shot and found an unresponsive man laying in the roadway near Kent Des Moines Road with a gunshot wound, according to a Kent Police news release. The first officers on the scene administered life-saving efforts until medics took over, but the man died at the scene.
The suspect reportedly fled after the shooting. Police said there is limited suspect information. Based on information from witnesses, it appears the incident is specific to those involved, according to police.
Kent Police are asking for anyone with information about the shooting or who may have witnessed it to call 911, the Kent Police tip line at 253-856-5808 or email KPDTtipline@kentwa.gov and reference case number 21-14522.
The following night, Nov. 27, a man of unknown age was shot and injured in the same area as the bus stop shooting.
Officers were already on scene in the 23300 block of Pacific Highway South to provide security for a planned vigil for the 39-year-old man shot on Nov. 26, according to a Kent Police news release. Officers found a male with gunshot wounds to his lower body. He was conscious and talking with officers before being transferred to Harborview Medical Center.
Police did not say whether the two shootings are related and the circumstances leading up to the shooting are unknown.
Kent Mayor Dana Ralph released a statement on Sunday, Nov. 28 in response to shootings on back-to-back days near the intersection of Pacific Highway South and Kent Des Moines Road, including a fatal shooting.
“This violence that touches every part of our community is unacceptable,” Ralph said. “These shootings are not random and are linked to bad actors. The City of Kent will not waste time in confronting these violent crimes and will enact a rigorous system-wide approach to put an end to this violence.
“I have reached out to King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office and he has agreed to convene a meeting between our offices, the King County Prosecutor’s office, King County Adult and Juvenile Detention and the Kent Police Department to develop a coordinated strategy to make the Pacific Highway South corridor safe and to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.
“Public safety will continue to be my top priority as your mayor, and I will do everything in my power to stop this violence.”