Arrest in Juvenile Detention Center Shooting

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee October 12, 2009

Two months after a brazen daylight gang shooting near the King County juvenile detention center, police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the incident.

On August 14th, half a dozen members of the 74 Hoover Crips gang were leaving the Youth Service Center on 12th and Alder, when a white Chevy Lumina rolled down the block, and pulled up on the street. A young man jumped out, said “what up, nigga" to a member of the group, and fired five or six shots, before tossing a red rag or bandanna on the ground and fleeing the scene.

The 21-year-old victim in the shooting, Monroe Ezell, was struck in the arm, backside, and stomach, and was taken to Harborview in critical condition. Contacted earlier today, Ezell had not been told about the man’s arrest. When asked how he felt about the arrest, Ezell—who, police records say, previously attended an anger management class with the 21-year-old man from high school, and has himself spent several months in jail—wasn’t as pleased as you might expect.  “I don’t know man,” Ezell says. “Jail isn’t the place for nobody.”

Police and reporters flooded the Central District following the incident, and a panel of judges and court staff met with the King County Council to discuss possible enhancements to security at the facility.

Seattle Police Department spokesman Sean Whitcomb says the 21-year-old man—who court records indicate is a member of the Deuce 8 gang in the Central District—was arrested on Friday evening near Georgetown. During a court hearing this afternoon, King County prosecuting attorney Corinn Bohn said that the man was previously been involved in another drive-by shooting in 2003.

The 21-year-old man is being held on $1 million bail. He has not yet been charged.
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