Prosecutor: Earlier shooting prompted Eastlake slaying

SEATTLE -- A 31-year-old Shoreline man accused in a deadly shooting in Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood has been charged with murder and assault.

Filing charges Thursday, King County prosecutors contend Tomas Mussie Berhe shot and killed Everett Williams shortly after midnight on Monday. Shot while seated in a Lexus, Williams, 21, died at the scene; a second man was shot in the arm.

According to charging papers, Williams and the injured man wereriding in the Lexus when they stopped at a convenience store in the 2200 block of Franklin Avenue East.

Behre approached the car with a second man, pulled a pistol and opened fire into the parked car, a Seattle detective told the court, recounting witness statements.

Williams was fatally injured in the point-blank shooting. An autopsy revealed Williams had been shot three times in the chest and once in the face.

Police contend Berhe had been planning to shoot Williams for days. Earlier the day of the shooting, while hanging out with a friend at Green Lake Park, Berhe is alleged to have claimed Williams previously shot his younger cousin.

Berhe and another man were arrested minutes after the shooting while driving from the area in a Chevrolet Impala. Witnesses to the shooting identified Behre as the gunman and said the second man was present at the shooting.

According to charging papers, police recovered a stolen pistol from the Impala. Berhe declined to speak with officers. The second man arrested following the shooting has since been released.

Berhe has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree assault. He remains jailed on $1 million bail.