Man held without bail in 3-day streak of Seattle shootings

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SEATTLE (AP) — A 31-year-old Seattle man is being held without bail after he was arrested in what police described as a three-day shooting that left the owner of one business dead, the owner of another in critical condition and the Driver of a car injured in the leg.

According to authorities, the suspect shot dead and seriously injured the owner of an African import specialty store in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood on Monday. He demanded the businessman’s debit card and PIN, then shot him in the chest after complying, police said in a probable cause statement filed with King County Superior Court.

The man shot into a Tesla traveling on Aurora Avenue in north Seattle less than 12 hours later, injuring the driver in the leg, police said, and on Tuesday afternoon he pulled his car next to a woman’s vehicle and fired a round into her window. Her three children were unharmed, she suffered lacerations from broken glass.

On Wednesday, the man ambushed and killed D’Vonne Pickett Jr., the owner of The Postman, a parcel delivery business in the Central District, when Pickett arrived at the store, police said. The shooter was a former childhood friend who had harassed Pickett online and via text message; He also showed up at The Postman last month before staff told him to go, the probable cause statement said.

Hundreds attended a vigil for Pickett on Thursday, spelling his name in candles and placing long-stemmed roses at the spot where he collapsed, the Seattle Times reported.

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Pickett’s mother, Nicky Chappell, said the man threatened to kill her son and molested him and other family members for more than a year. Chappell vowed to attend all of the man’s future court dates.

The Associated Press is not naming the man because he has not yet been charged.

“This defendant is incredibly dangerous, perhaps the most dangerous defendant this court has seen in recent memory,” senior assistant prosecutor William Doyle told pro-Tem circuit court judge Tien Nguyen during a Friday hearing.

Investigators said surveillance video from the African specialty import store, the Tesla’s exterior cameras and Pickett’s killing linked the shootings. Detectives also examine bullet casings and other evidence.

Also, a relative of the suspect called 911 Wednesday to report that he appeared to be having a psychotic episode and “may be traveling around Seattle shooting people,” the statement said.

“I find that the suspect’s clothing, build, build, personal appearance and vehicle are consistent with the investigation,” Seattle Police Detective Matthew Atkinson wrote in the probable cause statement.

When the man was arrested Thursday at his South Seattle home, he was wearing the same shirt, shorts and shoes as in the videos, the statement said.

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