Police arrest suspect in connection to South Park homicide

Police arrest suspect in connection to South Park homicide

SEATTLE — Seattle police said a 25-year-old man was arrested Thursday in connection with a homicide Sunday in the South Park neighborhood.

Police said they were able to partially identify a suspect within hours of a 56-year-old man who was shot and killed inside his home on South Donovan Street.

Police said the suspected shooter was in Kent and was followed by officers to SeaTac and they arrested the man on International Boulevard.

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The suspected shooter, later identified by police as Julio Cruz-Velazquez, was purposefully in the area and gunfire hit the victim's home, which was not the target, police said. The victim was randomly hit and died.

During the initial investigation, police said the victim's house was targeted, but neighbors believed the shooter fired into the wrong house. The victim's house was riddled with bullets.

"I do think it was the wrong house because I don't see how that house could attract such behavior," neighbor Laura Suggs said.

Police said Velazquez was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of murder.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 206-233-5000.

Below is raw video of a news briefing Seattle police held regarding the homicide.

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