King County prosecutors claim Jimarsae "Jimmy" Manion opened fire at a South Seattle gas station on April 29 hoping to shoot a gang rival. Manion is alleged to have wounded the man but was caught on camera and subsequently identified by witnesses.
According to charging papers, Manion was caught on tape discussing ditching the gun used in the shooting with his twin brother, who is currently serving a prison term for his part in another shooting related to a feud between Central District and South Seattle gang members.
Writing the court, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Stephen Herschkowitz said Manion targeted a man associated with a South Seattle gang. Manion is described by prosecutors as a member of the East Union Street Hustlers, a Central District gang usually associated with the blocks of East Union Street east of 21st Avenue.
"The defendant purposefully targeted a rival gang member by opening fire in a busy gas station," Herschkowitz said in court papers. Investigators not a young boy was standing nearby when Manion started shooting at 1:40 p.m.
Surveillance video showed a single shooter open fire while standing near the entrance to the Chevron station, located at Rainier Avenue South and South McClellan Street.
According to charging papers, the injured man later told police he'd stopped at the gas station to buy a cigar. Having arrived in a Chevy Camaro, he'd taken three steps when he heard someone yell "Watch out!"
He looked to see a young man open fire with a .45 cal. pistol. Shot in the leg, he was still able to run to safety.
The gunman - since identified by police as Manion - is seen in photos filed with the court holding a pistol with both hands and firing as an associate looked on. At least seven shots were fired, one of which hit his apparent target in the thigh.
The shot man was rushed from the area in an orange Chevy Tahoe, which police spotted moments later at a Group Health clinic nearby. Two men were helping the injured man limp toward the clinic when officers arrived; he was taken to Harborview Medical Center on First Hill for treatment.
Manion and his associate ran from the scene, heading north on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, the detective continued. Police later recovered a T-shirt printed with "Free Messy Money," an apparent reference to Donald Massey, an East Union Street Hustlers member serving a prison term for shooting two young men.
In charging papers, the detective said the T-shirt was ditched by Manion or his associate as both fled the gas station. Police point to it as evidence that an East Union Street gang member was involved in the shooting.
Speaking with a witness to the shooting, the detective recalled that Manion matched the description being given. The detective was apparently familiar with Manion in part because he'd helped investigate his twin brother, Fabian "Bo" Manion, who is currently serving prison time in another shooting.
Fabian Manion was convicted in an Oct. 16, 2012, shooting that saw him open fire on an SUV in the 5900 block of South Carver Street. The man his brother shot in April was riding in the car Fabian Manion was convicted of firing on 18 months before.
On June 2, police arrested Manion on an outstanding warrant. Questioned about the shooting, Manion said he didn't know anything about the shooting before asking to speak with an attorney; he was booked into King County Jail on the outstanding warrant.
Investigators then obtained a search warrant for Manion's phone. On it, they found correspondence police say shows Manion begged an associate for $300 to buy a pistol as well as evidence Manion had an altercation with South Seattle gang members.
In the hours following the shooting, Manion used his phone to watch the Seattle Police Department Twitter stream, which included several tweets regarding the shooting. Manion also checked the Washington's Most Wanted website several times in the days afterward.
Police also recovered a recording of a phone call Fabian Manion made from prison the day after the shooting. In it, the detective said in court papers, Fabian Manion tells an unidentified man he believes his brother is involved in gang life.
"Fabian Manion said that (Jimmy Manion) is trying to (start) where he left off," the detective told the court, recalling the conversation. "Fabian Manion told the male something similar to, 'at least he ain't half ass'n it.' The male replied telling Fabian Manion that his brother definitely isn't 'half assin' it.'"
They twins spoke by phone days later. According to charging papers, Fabian Manion told his brother he was "out of pocket" and needed to go into hiding. The detective said they both used slang to discuss ditching the gun used in the shooting.
A month after the shooting, Jimmy Manion was searching for bullets and a spare clip for a .380 pistol, the detective added.
Manion was released from jail the day after his arrest in June. He was again arrested July 25 after detectives spotted him playing dice in downtown Seattle at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Pine Street.
Currently jailed on $500,000 bail. Manion has been charged with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. Due to a prior felony conviction, Manion isn't allowed to access guns.