Bus shooting victim dies, suspect held on $5 million bail

Prosecutors expect to charge the suspect with murder on Friday.

The victim in Tuesday’s Metro bus shooting in Renton has died, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The 27-year-old male was shot in the back of the head Tuesday by another passenger on a Metro bus near the intersection of Talbot Road and South 21st Street.

The suspect in the shooting, a 22-year-old Kent man was arrested by Renton police after fleeing the scene on foot. He is currently being held at King County Justice Center.

According to King County prosecutors, the suspect waived his appearance at his hearing Thursday and his bail was set at $5 million. A second appearance is also scheduled for Friday at which time the suspect is expected to be charged with murder.

The Renton Reporter is not naming the suspect until he is formally charged.

According to charging documents, the victim and suspect were both passengers on Metro Bus route 169 traveling toward the Renton Transit Center. Both the victim and the suspect were seated in the last row of the coach with a witness between them.

The witness reported that the two men spoke in a foreign language, but the tone did not suggest any issues or tension between them. As the bus approached Talbot and 22nd, the suspect reached into the pocket of his hoodie, pulled out a revolver and began shooting the victim at close range numerous times.

The suspect then walked to the front of the bus, pointed his gun at the driver and demanded the driver open the door, which he did. The suspect was picked up by police a few minutes later on Smithers Avenue. K-9 units also found a gun in the vicinity.

Renton fire responded, treated the victim at the scene before he was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. He died Thursday morning.

According to court documents, after being read his rights, the suspect gave police a statement in which he admitted to shooting the victim “because he thought that the victim was going to threaten him.”

The suspect also stated that he never saw a gun, that the victim did not verbally threaten him and that he does not know the victim, but the suspect told police “he was not going to be a victim again.”

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