New details emerged Wednesday about what may have lead to the June 1st double shooting that left two young men dead at 29th and King. Revealing that at least one of the victims was known to be gay and that the two men had been seen earlier in the evening on Capitol Hill near R Place and Hot Mama’s, Mayor Ed Murray said no motives have been determined but that police are working hard on the case and are now seeking additional suspects.
“We’re not taking anything off the table,” Seattle Police Assistant Chief Carmen Best said at the Wednesday conference announcing the new information.
The men murdered in the double homicide at 29th and King have been identified by officials and friends as 27-year-old Ahmed Said and 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young.
“This is a tragedy that has touched three communities,” Murray said referring to Said’s Somali background, Anderson-Young as an African-American and the LGBTQ community. “It’s important that we come together as we try to figure out the motives that might behind this crime.”
Matalepuna Malu, a convicted felon with connections to an Everett-area gang involved with the illegal prescription drug trade, turned himself into Seattle Police Sunday night after his image was spread by media across the region. The 26-year-old is currently held on $1 million bail. Police say Malu told a family member he shot a man in the face following an altercation. Malu later told police he was not involved. Neither Said nor Anderson-Young have criminal records. Anderson-Young worked as a developer according to his website.
Police say they are now “searching for additional suspects” in the murders. “Detectives continue to investigate the case and Malu remains in custody at the King County Jail for a federal warrant and an assault investigation,” the SPD statement reads. Malu has not yet been charged in the homicides.
Chief Best told the media Wednesday that
a vehicle that was moved after being involved in the murders the discovery of a vehicle belonging to one of the victim’s revealed that there is at least on additional suspect in the case:
Detectives have recovered one victim’s vehicle after it was found parked on a South Seattle street earlier this week. Tuesday afternoon, police located an apparently abandoned Mitsubishi Galant on Wabash Avenue and S. Cloverdale Street. Officers quickly realized the car belonged to one of the young men killed in the shooting at 29th Avenue and King Street. Police had been working to locate the victim’s car.
Officers had the car towed to the SPD Evidence facility, where Crime Scene Investigators processed the vehicle.
Detectives are investigating how the car ended up in South Seattle, and are still working to identify additional suspects.
Police say one of the victims lived near the shooting scene.
If you have information that might help, contact detectives at (206) 233-5000.
A vigil is planned in the neighborhood at 29th and King at 7 PM Thursday.
Ali Muhammed Brown is a black male, 5’9, 190 pounds, with brown eyes. Brown is 30-years-old and believed to be a transient, who has previously frequented the South King County area.
If you see Brown or know where police can find him, please call 911 or the SPD Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000 immediately, and use extreme caution as detectives believe he is armed and dangerous.
Detectives are still working to identify any other possible suspects in the case.