SEATTLE - Three men named in police documents are suspected of opening fire multiple times in Seattle’s busy Capitol Hill neighborhood last March. However, hiding their use of weapons was apparently not a priority.
The images are grainy because they’re police copies of cellphone pictures found on the smartphones of shooting suspects, including the picture of an 8-year-old boy armed with an AK-47-style assault rifle.
The images were discovered when police served search warrants after multiple shots were fired outside Moe Bar on Capitol Hill on March 26.
Three suspects fled the scene. One of them, 29-year-old Philip Young Park of Seattle, was booked into the downtown Seattle jail yesterday on suspicion of assault and drive-by shooting.
Court documents revealed Park and 30-year-old Jose Luis Solis were arrested shortly after the Capitol Hill shootings when Park’s black Mercedes high-centered on railroad tracks in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood.
According to details from documents, inside the Mercedes police located two guns, a ski mask, handcuffs, ammunition, a bullet-proof vest, in addition to the cellphones with the gun pictures.
Solis, who has an extensive criminal history, is not currently in custody. Neither is the third man named in the documents, four-time convicted felon, Keith McKendry. But Park is.
Today Park’s bail was set at $50,000 even though King County Deputy Prosecutor Steven Kim argued it should be $2 million.
Park’s attorney, Lennard Nahajski, believes the lower bail is fair, telling KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Amy Clancy, “Mr. Park has lack of criminal history. He’s remained in the area, despite these allegations being around for several months. I think the judge did the right thing by reducing bail so significantly.”
Nahajski said Park’s “good character is going to be forthcoming” and he believes the prosecutors and the court will see “how good of a young man Mr. Park is.”
Nahajski would not answer, however, why on the night of the alleged shootings, Park was with two men extensive criminal histories.