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Emerald Queen shooting suspect arrested in Oregon

Emerald Queen shooting suspect arrested in Oregon

Staff writerMarch 21, 2015
A Washington man believed to have shot and killed a man outside the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma early Saturday was arrested Saturday afternoon near Salem, Oregon.
Oregon State Police stopped the 27-year-old at 2:30 p.m. after seeing his car traveling south on Interstate 5, according to the FBI.

A 25-year-old woman in the car was also arrested. Police recovered a weapon from the car.

The News Tribune is not naming the man or the woman because they have not been charged with a crime.

Surveillance video from the Emerald Queen Casino parking lot, witness interviews and evidence from the scene helped authorities identify the two suspects.

“This is probably the worst place on earth to commit a crime because the cameras are always on,” said Puyallup Tribe of Indians spokesman John Weymer. The tribe runs the casino.

The video footage showed a man cruising the casino’s parking lot. At one point he confronted a couple with a gun before going to a corner of the lot and firing the gun into the air about five times, Weymer said.

The shooter is then seen parking his car behind a man trying to leave the casino parking lot around 12:45 a.m. The driver was shot when he got out of his car to ask the man to move, Weymer said.

The shooter then returned to his car and left.

The FBI had not released the victim’s identity as of Saturday evening.

The FBI was investigating the incident with the Puyallup Tribal Police Department. The FBI handles all major crimes on reservations, Weymer said.

Federal authorities believe the man who was arrested either lives in Yakima or previously lived there.
 At this point, investigators don’t believe any connection exists between the subject and the victim.

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