Police to witnesses: Help us solve killing at Edmonds Senior Center
EDMONDS, Wash. - A man who was arrested in a deadly shooting last month outside the Edmonds Senior Center has been released, based on new information, and now police are pleading for people who witnessed the shooting to come forward and help them solve the case.
"We know there were eyewitnesses to this and we know that someone took evidence from the scene," said Detective Andy Mehl of the Edmonds police. "Our goal is to bring this young man’s killer to justice, but we are going to need the people who were there to come forward and be honest about what happened."
The victim, later identified as Alexander Rhodes, 23, of SeaTac was shot multiple times during a fight Dec. 14 outside the Edmonds Senior Center, which a group had rented for a large party.
At least two different guns were used in the shooting, but none were recovered from the scene, said Sgt. Josh McClure of the Edmonds police.
He said detectives have received varied amounts of cooperation from those that were there on the night of the shooting. Officers who were outside when the shooting started and rushed into the scene to help the victim were met with a hostile crowd.
Some who did stay and talk to investigators provided information that led one man to be arrested and booked into jail that night. However, he was released a few days later as detectives uncovered more information.
Another person came forward at a vigil for the victim held by the family and friends, and detectives were provided cell phone footage of the shooting as it unfolded:
Other than that, no one has come forward as detectives continue working to track down anyone who may have been involved.
Edmonds police say they are asking those who saw what happened or have information to come forward. Without further assistance, they say it will be hard for them to identify and arrest Rhodes' killer.
Anyone with information can reach police by email at email@example.com or by phone at 425-771-0212. Or they can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at P3tips.com and become eligible for a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. An online Web: P3tips.com or the P3 Tips App