One shooting, an assault and motel robbery had Kirkland Police busy the morning of Jan. 25.
Police responded to reports of gunshots fired at 2:30 a.m. in the 9900 block of Northeast 132nd Place. Callers also reported hearing what sounded like vehicles speeding away.
Officers discovered that several rounds fired from a handgun had hit a single residence and vehicles parked there. The home was occupied by a single, uninjured adult male. Police, who have had several previous contacts at the home, believe the shooting was not a random act but intended for the target. Evidence was collected at the scene.
Just after 6 a.m., as authorities were finishing on scene, police received another report of a shooting — this time at the Motel 6 located in Totem Lake, about two miles from the first shooting location.
The second incident appeared to be related to the first.
When officers arrived at the motel, they contacted two males in a motel room who reported being robbed at gunpoint by two male suspects armed with handguns. The victims reported that the suspects had broken out a window and forcibly entered the room. They also told police that they knew the suspects.
One of the two victims sustained a head injury after he was reportedly struck by a suspect. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment with a non-life-threatening injury, police reported. Both suspects had fled the room after the assault and robbery happened.
Kirkland officers located one of the two suspects at a nearby gas station, where he was taken into custody without incident. Police discovered a backpack containing the suspect’s identification and a replica firearm nearby.
To help locate the second suspect, officers initiated a K-9 search.
Authorites located the second suspect in another room at the same Motel 6 where the robbery had occurred. The second suspect was taken into custody. Police recovered a stolen vehicle at the motel and believe it was used by the suspects.
Both suspects confessed to officers that they participated in the motel robbery but only one confessed to the drive-by shooting. The suspects were booked on multiple felony charges.