EVERETT — Two known gang members are believed to be connected to a drive-by shooting last month that left three men shaken and a BMW full of bullet holes.
The victims aren’t gang members but were targeted March 15 by a carload of young men who have gang ties, according to recently filed court documents. The suspects were flashing gang signs during a chase and shooting that started at a marijuana shop on Evergreen Way, wound through a residential neighborhood and ended at a fast food restaurant.
Prosecutors have charged Dave Drewery and Malik Fulson with drive-by shooting, a felony. Both men were being held on $50,000 bail.
“The apparently random selection of victims and direct gunfire at close range creates an imminent concern for the safety of the community,” Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Andrew Alsdorf wrote in charging papers.
Fulson, 23, is believed to be a gang member, Alsdorf added. He was under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections at the time of the shooting. He was convicted last year of robbery and possession of a stolen firearm.
A second man believed to be in the car also is a known gang member, according to court papers. He has not been arrested.
Drewery, 22, allegedly was driving. He has no prior criminal history.
He told police that Fulson is an acquaintance but he didn’t know the two other men they picked up outside the Kush Mart on Evergreen Way.
Everett police were told the suspects started following the victims from the marijuana shop. One of the suspects reportedly took umbrage with how one of the victims looked at him.
The victims, in a BMW 535, attempted to ditch the suspects, making random turns until they were stopped at Madison Street and Olympic Drive. The victims noticed the suspects flashing gang signs. The suspects’ vehicle pulled forward and blocked the BMW’s path.
“Suddenly five gunshots rang out from the black Nissan, each hitting the victims’ BMW and shattering its glass windshield,” Alsdorf wrote.
Remarkably, no one was shot. One of the victims was cut from the glass.
The trio in the BMW couldn’t tell if more than one person was firing on them.
The Nissan sped off, but the BMW driver was determined to catch up with the car. The suspects hit a curb near Evergreen Lanes, flattening a rear tire. The three passengers hopped out and ran, leaving Drewery alone in the car. He drove on, stopping several blocks away at Popeye’s restaurant.
The victims confronted Drewery and the four men scuffled. One of the victims reported that Drewery bit him. They held him down until police arrived.
Detectives were able to identify Fulson as a passenger in the car, Alsdorf wrote. They also learned the name of another man who was seated in the front passenger seat. The investigation is ongoing.
Detectives are investigating if the shooting is connected to other gunfire in Everett in recent months, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said. There have been at least 19 shootings in the city since December. The majority have been gang-related.
Fulson faces nearly four years in prison if he’s convicted of drive-by shooting. He faces stiffer penalties if prosecutors increase the charge to armed assault. Drewery is looking at nearly two years behind bars if he’s convicted as charged.
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