The suspect, identified as Heath E. Mitchell, 37, of Everett, has been booked into Snohomish County Jail after an investigation in which several people were interviewed by police. All of those people were later released, and Mitchell is the only one who remains in custody, said Aaron Snell of the Everett police.
The investigation is ongoing but Snell said it is believed that Mitchell had rented a room at the Sunrise Motor Inn and was selling narcotics from it. After the shooting incident, he fled the scene and stashed a revolver in a trash bin in South Everett before he was detained, Snell said.
Multiple search warrants were served at different locations within Snohomish County to collect evidence relevant to the case, he said.
The drama unfolded at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when officers were dispatched to the 8400 block of Evergreen Way after receiving 911 calls that a man had been shot outside a Denny's restaurant.
Arriving officers found a man on the ground outside the business and searched the area for possible suspects. None were found, but a K-9 police dog found a handgun which is believed to have been used in the incident, Snell said.
Witnesses said they believe the shooting may have occurred at the motel behind the Denny's restaurant and told officers that a vehicle had left the area at high speed. Officers later located the vehicle at an apartment complex in South Everett.
The shooting victim is believed to be a 39-year-old man from Seattle. It is unknown why he was in the area or if he knew who shot him.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911.