Three Men Charged For Christmas Eve Drive-By Near Nightclub Still Out On the Street

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee October 7, 2010

King County prosecutors have filed charges against three men—Allen Quilantang and Demario McGee, both 21 years old, and Demario Clark, 18—in connection with a Christmas Eve drive-by shooting near the Seattle Center.

In charging documents filed on September 30th, prosecutors claim all three men are flight risks and are "likely to commit a violent offense." However, Clark, Mcgee, and Quilantang are not listed on the King County Jail register and, it would appear, are all still out on the street.

According to SPD records, around 2:30am December 24th, police were monitoring the crowd outside of Club Diamond—formerly on 5th and Harrison, just east of the Seattle Center—when one officer saw someone fire several shots out of a light-colored sedan in a parking lot across the street from the club.

The gunmen allegedly fired off one more volley of shots and sped away. No one was injured in the shooting.

Police stopped the car near Broad St and Denny Way and ordered Mcgee—the alleged driver—Quilantang, Clark, and a 16-year-old boy out of the car.

In the rear of the car, police discovered a "hatch" behind the backseat armrest which opened into the trunk.

Inside the trunk, officers found a .45 caliber semi-auto handgun reported stolen in Kitsap County, a 32. caliber semi-automatic with its serial number filed off, and a .357 with "no record of its origin." Police also recovered 19 grams of marijuana.

Several of the weapons in the car had been "run dry"—meaning all the rounds in the gun had been fired—or were in a "ready fire" position, according to police.

Back at the scene of the shooting, officers found 12 bullet casings in the parking lot, fired from a .45 caliber and .32, apparently matching the guns found in the vehicle, police records say.

Police booked Quilantang, Clark, McGee, and the 16-year-old into jail for the shooting.

DNA testing later found that Clark, Mcgee, and Quilantang had all handled the weapons.

All three men are felons and ineligible to possess firearms.

According to court records, Quilantang, an alleged member of the Valley Hood Piru gang has prior cases for assault, robbery, obstruction.

In May, gang detectives arrested Quilantang after he was targeted in Operation Fast Track, SPD's crackdown on pimps exploiting underage girls.

Clark has previously been charged with robbery and possession of marijuana, court records say. He was also wounded in a shooting outside of Garfield High School in October 2008. Clark's friend, Quincy Coleman, was killed in the shooting, which remains unsolved.

McGee has prior convictions for auto theft, assault, robbery, hit and run, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

We'll check in with prosecutors and police later today and try to find out why these three guys haven't been arrested.

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