One arrested in fatal shooting at Kent gas station

by: Chris Legeros Updated:

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KENT, Wash. —

Kent police arrested one man and let another go in connection with the fatal shootings of a Kent gas station manager and clerk.

King County Jail records show Leland D. Russell was arrested Wednesday night in Burien.  He was ordered held on $2 million bail for investigation of two homicides.

Officers served a search warrant on a house in the area.

Kent police said Russell is believed to be the only gunman in the shootings, but they have identified a second subject at the shooting scene who is wanted for questioning.

The shooting happened outside the Shell Station Wednesday morning at South 212th Street and 64th Avenue South.

“It was just crazy, it all happened really fast,” a witness named Ryan said.

Ryan said a black Cadillac pulled into the station and backed in sideways with music blaring.  The station clerk went outside and was threatened by one of the men who was in the Cadillac. 

“The thing I heard was like, I’m not afraid of shooting, I just got out of prison,” Ryan said.

The guy who made the threats headed back to the car, and his friend got into a fist fight with the clerk.  When the station manager tried to break it up, the first man returned with a gun.

“Everybody hits the floor and it’s like firecrackers, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” Ryan said.

He said the station manager was fatally shot in the head. His clerk was also shot and killed.  Their managers identified the victims as 20-year-old Carlos Gonzalez and David Christianson, who was in his 50s.

The guys in the Cadillac jumped into the car and sped away. Police said the shooting appeared to be random.

Ryan believes he knows what got the shooter so riled up.

“It was over something about laughing at him or something where it was like there’s no sense as far as how it went down,” he said.

On Wednesday night, KIRO 7 spoke with a Burien woman who believes she was threatened by the same suspects involved in the Kent double homicide.

On her way to work she says a black Cadillac blew a stop sign, so she honked her horn.

She says the driver got out of that car and came right at her.

"He just charged at my car and pulled out a gun and aimed it at me,” said the woman, who is still afraid and doesn’t want to share her name.

"Terrifying, traumatizing, scary, I feared for my life,” she added.

Police confirm they are investigating whether this road rage incident is connected to the double murder.

Police records show Russell was charged with hit-and-run in 2012. Prosecutors said he pulled a gun on a driver after striking his car.

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