Second Gang Member Charged in Courthouse Shooting

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee December 4, 2009

A 30-year-old gang member has been charged for his alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting outside the juvenile courthouse last August.

Prosecutors allege that Birk Isabel III—a self-proclaimed member of the Central District Deuce-8s gang—drove the vehicle used in the August 14th shooting, and have charged him with assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The victim in the shooting, Monroe Ezell was leaving the Youth Service Center on 12th and Alder with several other members of the 74 Hoover Criminals gang—a south Seattle gang affiliated with the Los Angeles-based Crips—when a white Chevy rolled up alongside them and a man inside opened fire. Ezell was struck in the elbow, rear, and stomach.

Following the shooting, police stopped the car in the 500 block of 23rd Ave. Records say Isabel told police that "some people did not belong in the [Central District] and that they had no business being there."

Last month, prosecutors arrested and charged 21-year-old Eduard Motley with shooting Ezell, a former classmate. Yesterday afternoon, Seattle police were finally able to track down Isabel, and arrested him at a bus stop in Renton.

Police records say Isabel has admitted to being behind the wheel in a drive-by shooting when Motley, his cousin, opened fire. Isabel, records say, told detectives he and Motley had gone after Ezell because of an ongoing rival between Central District gangs like the Deuce-8s, and South Seattle gangs like the Hoovers. Isabel also told investigators that Ezell is a "shooter" for the rival Hoovers, who had gotten away with a number of shootings.

Court records say Isabel has previous convictions for Burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, drugs, trespassing, and carrying a concealed weapon.

Isabel is scheduled to be arraigned on December 17th. Motley's trial is scheduled for January.

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