A 20-year-old Seattle man has been charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder for allegedly shooting a 17-year-old Lake Forest Park girl and another teen in Shoreline early Wednesday morning.
An arrest warrant and felony charges were filed this morning against Joseph Cooley. Cooley is accused of killing Tiana Montgomery and shooting and wounding Darrold Devaughn Edwards, 18, in the parking lot of the Maplewood Court apartments, 300 block of Northwest Richmond Beach Road Drive. Montgomery, who attended Shorecrest High School, died at Harborview Medical Center. Edwards, a senior at Shorewood High School, is expected to survive, authorities said.
King County prosecutors have asked that Cooley be held in lieu of $2 million bail once he is arrested, according to charging paperwork.
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After the shooting, Edwards told deputies that someone in a blue Ford Mustang shot at them, according to charging paperwork. Witnesses said that Cooley commented after the shooting that he was angry with Edwards for somehow disrespecting him, charges said.
Edwards, who was shot several times, told investigators that Montgomery managed to drive them from the apartment complex but she quickly lost consciousness, according to the charges. Edwards then moved into the driver’s seat and kept going until he spotted deputies and flagged them down.
Several hours after the shootings, Cooley’s Mustang was found abandoned behind a medical marijuana dispensary in North Seattle. Video surveillance from the business, Green Relief, showed that he arrived there at 12:58 a.m., almost 30 minutes after the shooting. Cooley stayed at the dispensary for about 30 minutes before leaving with someone who had entered after him, court charges said.
Cooley is described as being 5-feet 2-inches and weighing about 110 pounds. He has no criminal history, Senior Deputy Prosecutor John Castleton wrote in charges.
He is believed to be armed, according to the Sheriff’s Office.