A Renton man was charged on Friday with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 32-year-old Tukwila man on April 24.
Karim S. Mitchell-Akram, 24, is being held on bail at $2 million.
Mitchell-Akram’s arraignment is set for May 9, 9 a.m. at the Regional Justice Center.
According to charging documents, Tukwila police officers were at the link light rail station when they heard shots fired at the Arco gas station on Tukwila International Boulevard.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the Tukwila man in critical condition with gunshot wounds. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
A witness told police they observed the shooting while fueling up their car, only 10 or 20 feet in front of them, and it was captured on Tukwila police street camera footage.
The suspect walked by the victim in the parking lot, allegedly took out a handgun and shot him, according to the charging documents.
He was allegedly walking eastbound while shooting, and police found Mitchell-Akram hiding in nearby bushes, within 100 feet of the Arco, according to charging documents.
A K9 search found a 9mm handgun in the bushes nearby, with the same shell casings found where the shooting took place.
The firearm was reported stolen in a burglary in Monroe, according to a Tukwila police press release from Tuesday, April 24.
The suspect has no prior felony history, but less than a month before was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed pistol and charged with theft in the third degree by Renton Police Department when he allegedly stole liquor from a Fred Meyer, according to charging documents.
According to court documents, Mitchell-Akram was compliant, and when told he was under arrest, he “simply hung his head.”
In explanation for why he should not be released, probable cause documents stated he showed no emotion or remorse when arrested.
No further information from the documents explained the motive for the shooting. According to charging documents, video captured some sort of altercation before the shooting, but documents state “there is nothing to suggest that the defendant was under any threat of danger or harm.”
Police also interviewed someone who said they were at the gas station to pick up the victim. According to charging documents, the interviewee told detectives that the victim said over the phone that he’d been “‘jumped’ by some guys and they were chasing him,” and then allegedly proceeded to fight the males right before the shooting.
Another man was arrested for repeatedly trying to enter the crime scene and refusing to follow commands from officers, according to the April 24 press release. He had a felony warrant out for his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm, and upon discovery of this after he was arrested for obstructing a public servant, he was booked into jail.