Police seek suspect in Federal Way’s 10th homicide of the year

The suspect is wanted for a Nov. 19 fatal shooting.

Police are searching for Donald Watters Jr., 30, in connection to a November homicide. Courtesy photo

Police are searching for Donald Watters Jr., 30, in connection to a November homicide. Courtesy photo

The death of a 32-year-old man last month marked the 10th homicide in Federal Way so far this year.

Brian Skinner, 32, died from a gunshot wound to the head and the King County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide. He died on Nov. 21 at Harborview Medical Center, two days after he was shot at a Federal Way apartment complex.

At about 2 a.m. Nov. 19 near the 32100 block of 19th Lane SW, residents called police to report sounds of gunfire.

On the scene at the Sunset Three Twenty Apartments, police found Skinner, who was alive but had been shot in the head and the shoulder. He was transported to Harborview where he later died as a result of his injuries.

A GoFundMe page, created by a man who identifies as Skinner’s brother, states: “Brian was very outgoing, and driven.” The Mirror has reached out to the page’s creator for comment.

The page states that Skinner played football, was an artist and a music producer, as well as “one of the best musicians from Seattle.”

“Brian was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and friend,” the page states. “He made a major impact on everyone’s life that he was involved in, and he was so special and dear to us all. Brian leaves behind a son who needs as much support and love from anyone who has been touched by Brian. He left an everlasting impression on everyone he came across.”

So far, donations have raised $7,027 of a $15,000 goal for Skinner’s funeral expenses and family support.

The night of the shooting, a witness told police they saw someone running away from the scene, but the suspect was not immediately located.

Police are looking for 30-year-old Donald Watters Jr., a Hispanic man, in connection to this homicide.

If you have information about this shooting, contact Federal Way police at 253-835-6700.

Ten homicides as of Dec. 1

Skinner’s death marks the 10th homicide in Federal Way in 2021. Last year, Federal Way experienced six homicides. In 2019, there were four reported homicides in Federal Way, according to the Washington State Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs Crime in Washington 2020 report.

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