Prosecutors say a 22-year-old seven-time felon opened fire on a couple outside a party in the South Park neighborhood following a fight early New Year’s Day.
According to charging documents filed by a King County anti-gang deputy prosecutor last week, around 4:15 am on New Year’s Day, police found a man and a woman shot in Mara Desimone Park in the South Park neighborhood. The man had been shot in the buttocks, and the woman was hit in the hand.
Earlier that evening, the victims had crossed paths with two men who showed up to a house party and “mumble[d] something insulting” to one of the victim’s female friends as they were all walking to their cars.
The victims exchanged words with the two men—who were both dressed in blue clothing, according to court records—and one of the men drew a gun and began waving it around.
The victims left the party and were walking to their car when the two men they had fought with drove by, rolled down their window and began shooting. Prosecutors identified the gunman in court records as 22-year-old Victor Sauceda, who may have ties to the Surenos gang, according to a law enforcement source.
Six days after the shooting, on January 7, police tracked Sauceda to his home in Renton where, after a brief standoff, he surrendered to detectives around 3:00 am. Police recovered three pistols from Sauceda’s home, court records say.
In charging documents, prosecutors say Sauceda has prior convictions for theft, unlawful possession of a firearm, and trafficking in stolen property. He’s currently being held at the King County Jail on $250,000 bail.