EVERETT — Police have arrested a Mountlake Terrace man in connection with a shooting at a south Everett bar early Saturday.
Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, a man and his girlfriend were at Player’s Sports Bar & Grill at 10730 19th Avenue SE, according to a police report. The Mountlake Terrace man, a past acquaintance, confronted him in the bathroom and pressed a handgun to his stomach.
A friend of the Mountlake Terrace man, 23, briefly de-escalated the situation. The other man and his girlfriend reportedly decided to leave the bar.
But as they got in the car, the Mountlake Terrace man left the bar and opened fire, police alleged. They sped away from the parking lot.
The man was hit in the hip area, according to the police report. His girlfriend drove him to Swedish Mill Creek. Her car had several bulletholes. Gunfire also hit two other vehicles at the bar.
A witness identified the suspect, telling police she had gone to school with him. The Mountlake Terrace man was under state Department of Corrections supervision after he was convicted of attempted first-degree robbery in 2018.
In that prior case, the suspect and another man tried to steal a pound of marijuana from another pair at gunpoint. One of the would-be robbery victims opened fire, shooting the suspect twice. His partner in the attempted robbery was killed.
The shooter in that case was sentenced to 3¾ years in prison, The Daily Herald reported in 2018.
The Mountlake Terrace man was 17 when he attempted that robbery. Snohomish County prosecutors charged him as an adult. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
In 2015, as a minor, he was convicted of shooting someone at an Everett gas station.
On Monday morning, the alleged gunman had an appointment with state prison staff under his probation requirements. He was reportedly detained at the appointment in connection with the bar shooting. He declined a police interview.
Everett police arrested the Mountlake Terrace man for investigation of two counts of first-degree assault, unlawful firearm possession and three counts of misdemeanor malicious mischief.
On Tuesday, he remained in the Snohomish County Jail. Everett District Court Judge Pro Tem Neil Weiss set bail at $750,000 at the request of prosecutors. The defense asked for $200,000.
Deputy prosecutor Chelsea Norman said in court Tuesday the suspect “showed an escalating pattern of behavior.”
Jake Goldstein-Street: 425-339-3439; email@example.com; Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.
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