$1 million bail for suspect in shootings at Muckleshoot Casino
Cesar Arturo Chaparro, the Covington man suspected of shooting several people at the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn on Sunday, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Seattle Times staff reporter
From her perch at a slot machine in the middle of the Muckleshoot Casino early Sunday, Keri Stanberry first heard the screams then watched in terror as people around her were being trampled.
As hundreds ran past her, Stanberry heard a sound coming from the nearby Club Galaxy nightclub that reminded her of balloons popping. She then realized it was gunfire.
"I was right there, in the line of ... fire," Stanberry, of Vancouver, Wash., said Monday. "I felt like there were a million people who were running from a tsunami that was going to hit the Muckleshoot. I was scared to death."
When the shooting stopped, seven people were injured and the alleged gunman, Cesar Arturo Chaparro, 42, of Covington, was in custody.
On Monday, Chaparro appeared before a King County District Court judge, who ordered him held in lieu of $1 million bail.
He is in the King County Jail on suspicion of four counts of first-degree attempted murder and three counts of domestic violence. Prosecutors said the deadline to file felony charges is Wednesday.
Chaparro is accused of shooting his ex-wife, her boyfriend, and two of his ex-wife's sisters.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed Monday to support the case against Chaparro, he told police he followed his ex-wife and her boyfriend to the casino that night because he "could not stand it."
According to the affidavit, Chaparro walked onto the dance floor and opened fire. He was tackled by casino security after the shootings. A loaded .40-caliber Glock handgun was wrestled away from him.
Auburn police initially had identified Chaparro's ex-wife as his estranged wife, but the affidavit identifies her as his ex-wife.
The four most seriously injured victims were sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. On Monday, two women were in serious condition and another woman was in satisfactory condition, said hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
A man who was wounded in the shooting has been discharged from the hospital, Gregg said.
Three others who were sent to Valley Medical Center in Renton were discharged Sunday, said Kim Blakeley, hospital spokeswoman. It was unclear whether they had been hit by gunfire or were injured during the rush to escape from the nightclub.
A spokesman for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, owners of the casino, declined to comment.
Stanberry said that after things had calmed down Sunday, casino security reimbursed her the $101 she had just placed in a slot machine.
She said that she often has visited the casino to play the slots, a favorite pastime. But, Stanberry said, she will not return.
"They didn't protect the people who were giving them money. They should have had metal detectors."
Seattle Times staff reporter Amy Harris contributed to this report.
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