Suspect in custody in gunfight that left 1 dead, 6 wounded

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SEATTLE —

Police have taken a suspect into custody in connection with a gunfight that killed one man and left six other people wounded outside a Federal Way bar early Wednesday morning.

 

Kenneth Maurice Sutton, 21, was booked into the Regional Justice Center on suspicion of murder.

 

Sutton was among those injured. He was treated and released from a hospital, then taken into custody by police, who were questioning him, said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Alexandra Limon.

 

Investigators said gunshots rang out at Johnny’s Famous Bar & Grill as the bar was closing around 2 a.m.

 

The suspect and another victim showed up at the hospital on their own, police said. Police would not identify the hospital, saying they did not want more trouble.

 

"We believe this individual and the deceased were involved in a gunfire exchange where other people were shot, as well," said Andy Hwang of the Federal Way Police Department.

 

Hwang said there was a violent argument outside the bar after closing time and at least two men fired shots.    

 

A 23-year-old man fell dead on the sidewalk. The other man and five other wounded people went to three hospitals.

 

Relatives identified the man who died as Cloise Young, the father of a 2-year-old girl.

 

"We lost a close family member and, at the end of the day, that's all I'm worried about is that we lost somebody who was a good person, a huge heart and was just caring," said a man who identified himself as Junior, a cousin of Young.

 

Junior said he's known Young since they were 5 years old.

 

"(He was) just a great guy, loved his daughter, and now she has to suffer for somebody else's mistake."

 

It wasn't clear whether the five victims not involved in the gunfight knew the gunmen or were just caught in the crossfire, Limon said.

 

Hwang said a woman is most seriously wounded. The others are expected to recover. All are in their 20s or 30s. There may have been other shooters.    

 

Hwang said the motive for the shooting, including whether it's gang-related, remains under investigation.