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Court docs reveal possible motive behind Roxbury Lanes shooting; victim targeted by alleged shooter

WHITE CENTER, Wash. — On May 27, 21-year-old Omar Upham Junior allegedly opened fire at Roxbury Lanes and Casino in White Center and hit three people. One of which died several days later. Last week Upham was arrested and on Monday he was charged.

According to charging docs, one of the victims said he has known Upham for years and that they were “locked up together”.

He says the motivation for the shooting was that he “told on” Upham years ago. Charging docs also say that Upham went to the lanes with the clear intent to kill the victim. The victim said he recognized Upham and tried to run but was shot twice from behind in the crowded casino.

Documents also say a patron of the casino was sitting at a card table when one of the shots intended for the victim hit him in the back of the head. He instantly fell to the floor and never regained consciousness.

A woman was also hit in the abdomen and is in critical condition. Her family has set up a GoFundMe.

Charging documents say after searching Upham’s home and car three guns were found, including the alleged murder weapon and an extended magazine for a fourth. The documents add that Upham is a convicted felon, with a history of committing armed robberies and assault.

Upham is charged with murder, attempted murder, and unlawful possession of a firearm.



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