Police seeking additional suspects in Leschi double murder

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SEATTLE -- Seattle police are looking for more suspects in a shooting that left two people dead in the city's Leschi neighborhood Sunday morning.

Police had arrested Matalepuna Malu, 26, for investigation of the murders after he surrendered peacefully later that day. He remains a person of interest, but detectives now believe there are additional suspects out there, after it was discovered one of the victim's cars had been moved.

Detectives say 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young and 27-year-old Ahmed Said started off their night in Capitol Hill and the details of what happened from that time to their murders in Leschi are still being investigated. Police said one of the victims was gay, and both are innocent victims.

"These were not young men involved in crime, these were not young men who have any record," Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. "Dwone, the African-American man, was a graduate of the University of Washington and that is something I heard from the families that they want the community to understand."

Investigators believe there is at least a second suspect because the suspect's car moved after the murders. It was recently located in South Seattle.

"Although we have a person in custody, we know that there are other suspects outstanding and we wanted to make sure the public knows that," said Asst. Chief Carmen Best.

They're also looking at several motives, including a hate crime.

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 500 block of 29th Ave. South. Witnesses called 911 to report multiple shots fired and when officers arrived a minute later, they found two young men lying dead in the street.

Shortly after the shooting on Sunday, a man called 911 to say his brother -- later identified as Malu -- had called him to confess, according to court documents.

The brother told police that Malu was "crying hysterically" and said he just shot someone in the face.

But after police publicly named Malu as a suspect in the shooting, he called the homicide department and told detectives he was innocent and wanted to clear his name. He said he would turn himself in, and more than three hours later he showed up at SPD headquarters and did just that.

Malu's brother and mother-in-law were at Wednesday's press conference and afterward, told reporters police have the wrong suspect, that he's not been charged and that he'd be released soon.

Meanwhile, Malu remains in jail for a federal warrant and for investigation of assault stemming an incident that occurred Sunday before the murders, but detectives don't believe the assault is related to the murders.

Police are asking if you have any information about this case to contact detectives at (206) 233-5000.