Suspect from August car meetup shooting charged with assault

The suspect was identified after being arrested for allegedly stealing a rifle from a Seattle police vehicle on May 30

King County Prosecutors are charging 24-year-old Jacob Dean Little, of Everett, with second-degree assault for allegedly shooting and injuring a 15-year-old at a large car meetup in Renton in late August. Little had also recently been arrested and separately federally charged for stealing a Seattle Police Department rifle out of the back of a police vehicle on May 30.

In a gathering of over 200 cars at the Renton Village Center parking lot in the early morning hours of Aug. 30, a 15-year-old was shot and injured as multiple fights broke out. Witnesses told police several people were shooting into the air, at least one shot into a group of people, and others fired guns from their vehicles as they fled the scene.

The 15 year old did not see who shot him or where they were in the parking lot when it happened.

In charging documents, Renton detectives state they identified Little as the shooter of the 15 year old following an anonymous tip that the shooter was the same person who had been recently arrested for stealing the Seattle police department rifle. Little was booked into a detention facility on Sept. 4, less than a week after the Renton shooting on Aug, 30.

The police state several named witnesses on scene the night of the shooting also identified Little as the shooter, and social media videos showed a white male in a black sweatshirt and a yellow logo fire a handgun into the air and then fire at the car where the 15 year old was sitting in the backseat, as the car attempted to drive away from the parking lot. Video shows the shooter attempted to fire at another man with a handgun before missing and hitting the retreating vehicle instead.

Police state they identified Little also by comparing his license photo with the videos of the white male who shot at the vehicle at the car meetup.

Little’s arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.