EVERETT — Living a block apart growing up, Zachary Monary and Mark Olsen met at the bus stop.
The Evergreen Middle School students played basketball together, liked the same music — Master P and Tupac — and were passionate about shoes. They both had single mothers. Olsen described them as “mama’s boys.”
In an environment filled with cliques, whether they be bullies or jocks, Olsen’s friend was just genuine.
After school, they drifted apart for a while, with Olsen moving to Eastern Washington for work and Monary, now 35, remaining in Snohomish County.
“He was a friend I always thought about,” Olsen told The Daily Herald.
A few weeks ago, Olsen visited his old friend again, this time in a hospital room where Monary was recovering after being shot multiple times June 19, paralyzing the lower part of his body. The gunman then allegedly shot three others the next day, killing two.
On Friday, prosecutors charged Shayne Baker, 25, in the two separate shootings.
Baker faces two counts of second-degree murder and and two counts of first-degree assault. At his arraignment Monday, he said, “I don’t know why I’m charged with assaults and all that.”
He remained in the Snohomish County Jail on Monday with bail set at $5 million. Baker has no felony history, according to court records.
“What we have is a defendant, in the same vehicle, basically killing or shooting four people over the course of less than approximately 24 hours,” deputy prosecutor Martha Saracino said at the arraignment.
Around 9 a.m. June 19, Monary was walking toward his car near the intersection of 43rd Street SE and Colby Avenue. Baker was standing in front of Monary’s brown Chevrolet Caprice, according to the criminal charges filed in Snohomish County Superior Court.
As Monary approached, Baker got into the driver’s seat of a Chevy pickup, a witness told investigators. Monary pointed to his car as if something had been done to it. He turned toward Baker’s dark blue truck with a temporary license plate. As he walked toward it, Baker’s arm poked out of the driver’s side with a gun and started shooting.
Monary fell to the ground, according to the charges. Baker continued shooting. Then he sped away, south on Colby.
Prosecutors gave no motive for the shooting in the charging documents.
Minutes later, a witness reported to police a dark blue pickup with a temporary license plate running through red lights. It was reportedly last seen going south on Everett Mall Way.
Monary lost his pulse, but medics revived him. One of the bullets severed his spine, according to court papers.
Officers couldn’t find the pickup. A license plate search found it belonged to a tow truck. The owner reportedly told police he’d thrown his old ones into a scrap pile in 2020.
Around 10 a.m. the next day, June 20, Baker arrived at a house in the 2000 block of Lexington Avenue in a dark blue Chevy pickup, according to court documents.
A few residents of the house worried the truck was stolen. Just before 4 p.m., they confronted Baker about it in the living room. He pulled out a pistol and started shooting, prosecutors allege. Again, the suspect fled.
When officers arrived at the house, they found a man on the front porch who had been shot in the head. He was taken to the hospital. In the living room, officers found Anthony Burnett, 48, and Anthony Jolly, 44, dead. Both had been shot in the head, according to court documents.
Earlier this month, The Daily Herald published a one-sentence obituary for Burnett.
“Unknown but he was loved by many,” it read.
Police found several .45-caliber bullet casings inside the living room and another on the street, according to the charges.
Around 2 p.m. the next day, police found Baker sitting in the driver’s seat of the Chevy truck in the 2600 block of Broadway. Inside the pickup, officers found a Glock with bullets similar to the casings found at both shooting scenes. The gun had been reported stolen June 8 from a vehicle in Everett. The pickup was reported stolen out of Pierce County on June 14.
In a police interview, Baker said he’d bought the truck for $200 from “an unknown person at an unknown location,” Saracino wrote in the charging papers. He said he’d had the pickup less than two days. When officers told him they had security footage from outside the house on Lexington Avenue, he asked for an attorney.
When Olsen visited his friend in the hospital after the shooting, Monary said, “I love you,” and apologized for the way he looked.
Not sure what to do given his condition, Olsen kissed him on the forehead.