Man charged in Kent shooting turns himself in
Wendell Oliver Adams Jr., who turned himself in to police a week ago, is charged in the shooting of an unarmed man during a dispute in Kent over a car.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A 26-year-old felon was booked into the King County Jail on Monday, a week after he allegedly shot an unarmed man during a dispute over a car in Kent.
An arrest warrant was issued last Tuesday for Wendell Oliver Adams Jr., who was charged by King County prosecutors with first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, court records show.
Adams, accompanied by relatives, turned himself in at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent on Monday after seeing himself profiled on the TV show "Washington's Most Wanted" over the weekend, said Sgt. Cindi West, a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff's Office. Adams is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, jail records show.
"The defendant is alleged to have shot at the victim multiple times in broad daylight in front of witnesses," Deputy Prosecutor Trinh Norsen wrote in charging documents. "The victim was unarmed at the time, and this appears to have been an unprovoked attack on the victim."
On July 8, Adams' girlfriend broke up with him, charging papers say. The girlfriend's mother, who had occasionally lent Adams her white Chrysler sedan, had told him the day before not to drive the vehicle any more because the brakes were bad, the papers say.
After her daughter broke up with Adams, the woman realized her car was gone and suspected Adams had taken it, charging papers say. She called her godson, who knows about cars, to accompany her to Adams' apartment complex in the 22400 block of Benson Road Southeast to retrieve her vehicle, the papers say.
The two located the woman's car in the apartment parking lot and knocked on Adams' door, charging papers say. Just after 1 p.m., Adams came out of his apartment armed with a handgun and confronted the woman's godson, firing three or four times at the man; after the man fell to the ground, Adams allegedly stood over him and fired three more times before running away, charging papers say.
The alleged victim underwent surgery for a single gunshot wound. The bullet struck his femoral artery, bladder and colon, but he is expected to recover, the papers say.
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