The senior center was being rented out for a private event when the shooting occurred late Friday night.
A 23-year-old SeaTac man was fatally shot outside the Edmonds Senior Center, where the building had been rented out for a Friday night party.
An Edmonds police officer who was patrolling the area heard several gunshots around midnight, then tried to stop a vehicle trying to leave the parking lot of the center at 220 Railroad Ave, according to Edmonds police. The vehicle sped away and the officer chased it, lost sight of it briefly, then found it on Edmonds Way in the Westgate area.
Other officers found the shooting victim’s body outside the senior center, according to police, who say the man was shot during a fight at the party.
Police said they interviewed the three people in the vehicle. They say one of the passengers, a 21-year-old from SeaTac, was the gunman and was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of second-degree murder. No gun has been recovered, according to police.
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The driver, also 21 and from SeaTac, was booked into the jail for investigation of eluding a police officer. The other passenger was released, according to police.
More than 100 people were at the party, according to police, who said they received limited cooperation from those who stayed at the scene after the shooting. Police ask that anyone with information contact them or submit tips to Epdtips@Edmondswa.gov.