One dead, three injured after shooting over fireworks on Seattle beach, police say

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Jul. 1 2021, Published 5:43 p.m. ET

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A 22-year-old man was killed and three others were hurt in a shooting at a popular Seattle beach this week after an argument over fireworks.

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Police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection to the incident.

Just before midnight, multiple 911 callers reported a shooting along Alki Beach, according to Seattle police.

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When police arrived, a citizen was performing CPR on one of the victims. Officers took over and attempted life-saving measures, but the man died at the scene, according to Seattle police.

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The victim was identified as Tilorae Shepherd, 22, by family members to The Seattle Times.

According to a GoFundMe campaign started by his aunt, Shepherd was the father of a young son, and he and his girlfriend are expecting a second child.

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“He was a good, hardworking man with children,” his mother, Tunisia Shepherd, told The Seattle Times. “I’m grieving the loss of my son.”


Two additional victims, a man and a woman, were transported from the scene by ambulance in stable condition, according to police. Another man was taken to the hospital in a personal vehicle.

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The Seattle Times reported that the argument started over fireworks.

Callers reported two men got into a gray BMW, driven by a woman, according to The Seattle Times. Police intercepted the vehicle at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center at 12:13 a.m., The Seattle Times reported.

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A 19-year-old suspect matched the shooter’s description provided by witnesses, and police found two semi-automatic handguns on the rear floorboard where the suspect had been sitting, according to The Seattle Times.

The name of the suspect has not yet been released as police continue to investigate the incident.

Criminal charges are expected to be filed early next week, The Seattle Times reported.


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