BOTHELL — Detectives in Mason County are continuing to investigate the death of a Bothell man shot in the shower of a stranger’s home.
Nathanial Rosa was a Northshore School District educational assistant and Bothell resident.
Detectives with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office said that Bruce Fanning, 59, owns two houses on the same lot — one he uses for his home and one for his internet-based business. He allegedly saw signs of forced entry to his business and the front door wide open Saturday morning. He then found Rosa, a stranger, in the shower and confronted the Bothell man, telling him to leave.
Fanning reportedly left the place of business and returned to his residence nearby where he retrieved a .45-caliber handgun.
“He then returned to his place of business, found Rosa still showering, made no verbal comments, shot four times killing Rosa in the shower,” a sheriff’s spokesman wrote in a press release.
Court documents state that Rosa has no criminal record and was shot three times with the curtain drawn.
Fanning, who was arrested for investigation of second-degree murder, then called 911 to report his and Rosa’s actions. He also told detectives he thought Rosa was drunk and he was afraid.
Rosa had worked for the Northshore School District for nearly two years.
“After many years of experience serving children and young adults in group home settings, Nate was hired as a paraeducator at Woodmoor in July 2015,” school Superintendent Michelle Reid said. “Most recently he served as a one-to-one paraeducator in our Functional Skills and Academics program, and he served as a member of Woodmoor’s Leadership Team. This is a devastating loss for our school community.”