Deguialin Valdez (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Deguialin Valdez (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Suspect arrested in Mountlake Terrace apartment shooting

Two men were seriously injured by gunfire. Deguialin Valdez is charged with four counts of assault.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Police arrested a suspect early Monday morning they say shot two people, seriously injuring them, in a surprise attack last month at a Mountlake Terrace Apartment.

Deguialin Babkino Valdez, 22, of Everett, was found in a stolen vehicle in Seattle and soon booked into the Snohomish County Jail, according to a news release. He was charged last month in Snohomish County Superior with four counts of first-degree assault.

Valdez reportedly was staying at a friend’s place around 11:30 p.m. on April 18 when he allegedly fired a gun at four men, seemingly unprovoked, as they returned from a bar, according to charging papers. One man was shot in the head as he entered the apartment, and another was shot in the neck outside.

Both were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The man who was shot in the neck has been released from care. The other man underwent at least one surgery and was expected to need more. Authorities declined to give an update on his condition.

The firearm used in the shooting — a .45-caliber handgun — belonged to a roommate who was working, according to charging papers. He said he didn’t give Valdez permission to take the gun. Police collected five shell casings from the scene and noted bullet holes in the wall.

According to witnesses, Valdez had walked out of the apartment after running out of bullets.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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