SEATTLE – The alleged gunman in Thursday’s North Seattle shooting says he “feared for his life” when he pulled the trigger.
John Thomas Davis waved his right to appear in court on Friday where a judge moved forward, holding Davis in jail on a $1 million bail for 2nd-degree murder.
In probable cause documents acquired by KOMO, Davis told police he was threatened by a man with a knife while driving on Nesbit Avenue in North Seattle.
Police said they found a small knife at the scene and recovered Davis’ gun from his car, according to documents.
Seattle Police continued their investigation on Friday at the corner of Nesbit Avenue and 90th Avenue North.
According to the King County Medical Examiner, the man shot was 26-year-old Daniel A. Alberto, who died from gunshot wound to the chest.
Alberto was rushed to Harborview where he later died of his injuries.
Kevin Collins overheard the shooting outside of his house in North Seattle.
“He was just a bad character, but I don’t think anybody deserves to be shot,” said Collins.
Neighbors and local businesses said they’ve seen crime pick up in North Seattle.
"My commercial espresso shop and coffee shop were in operation since 2011 and we shut it down three or four months ago because of the activity down here. This is what we feared would happen,” said Dennis Nelson after the Thursday shooting.
According to the City, this shooting marks the sixth homicide in the North Precinct in 2018, a 5-year high.
“My parking lot here – it always has drug dealing, a bunch of homeless people, and these are the violent ones,” said Collins.
Many pointed to the Licton Springs Tiny Home Village as a factor in the rise in reported crime.
But on Friday, Stacy Malmoe, who lives in the Village, said neither Davis nor Alberto lived in the community, which the City opened in 2017 and does not require sobriety from its residents.
“Most of the people here don’t know either of them by name or by face,” said Malmoe.
The Village is expected to close in March. The City said it’s not renewing its 2-year permit.
“And I’m essentially going to lose my home in March because people think this is a horrible place and it’s not,” Malmoe said.
The court set Davis’ next court date on October 30.