The deaths of six people in Carnation mark the state's worst mass slaying since Kyle Huff, 28, killed six people and wounded two others...
The deaths of six people in Carnation mark the state’s worst mass slaying since Kyle Huff, 28, killed six people and wounded two others in a Capitol Hill house before fatally shooting himself on March 25, 2006.
Other recent slayings involving multiple victims in Washington state include:
• In July 1998, five young men walked into the Trang Dai cafe in Tacoma and fired nearly 60 rounds of ammunition, killing five people and injuring five more in what were described as gang-related killings. Of the nine men charged in the case, two committed suicide, another was killed before trial, four pleaded guilty and two were convicted at trial.
• In September 1997, two people were killed and three injured in a drive-by shooting on the West Seattle Bridge. The two were changing a flat tire on their car while parked on the bridge when another car drove past and one of the occupants opened fire with an assault rifle. The car turned around and more shots, a total of 70, were fired.
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The shooter, Marvin Francisco, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole; the driver, Emerson Yumul, was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
• In June 1994, Airman Dean Mellberg, who had been discharged from the military for mental-health reasons, opened fire with a semiautomatic assault rifle at Spokane’s Fairchild Air Force Base hospital. Four people were killed and 22 were injured before Mellberg was shot and killed by a base security officer.
• In April 1994, two people were killed and five were wounded at an alcohol-free club on Rainier Avenue South in Seattle. Police blamed a gunfight between gangs for the shooting at the club, where the clientele was mostly young and Vietnamese.
The prosecutor’s office initially charged two suspects with second-degree murder, but charges were dropped against one man. The second, Son Thanh Nguyen, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to less than three years in prison.
• On Christmas Eve 1985, David Rice, 27, killed the Charles Goldmark family — father, mother, and the couple’s two children — by bludgeoning them with a steam iron in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. Rice was sentenced to life in prison.
• On Feb. 18, 1983, 13 people were slain during a robbery at the Wah Mee gambling parlor in Seattle’s Chinatown International District. Two men — Kwan Fai “Willie” Mak and Benjamin Ng — are serving life sentences for the Wah Mee killings. A third man — Tony Ng (no relation to Benjamin) — was denied parole earlier this year.
Information from Seattle Times archives