Suspect On The Loose After Two Gay Men Murdered In Seattle

ali muhammed brownSeattle’s mourning a terrible tragedy this week: two young men were shot in the Central District while walking home from gay-friendly Capitol Hill. Police are investigating whether the slaying was a hate crime.

Authorities have identified a suspect in the shooting: a man named Ali Muhammed Brown, a transient 5-foot-9 30-year-old, whom police have called “armed and dangerous.”

Initially, they’d identified another man, a gang member, as a suspect. According to an affidavit, Matalepuna Malu called a relative to confess to shooting someone. But now it seems as though that might have been some other victim.

The victims in this case are Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young, both in their 20s. It is an absolutely heartbreaking tragedy: both men were well-loved, about to start their careers and had no criminal history. They were shot around 2 a.m. as they walked home from a night out together. They were so close to home that Anderson-Young’s mother heard the shooting.

Police found the car belonging to one of the victims in South Seattle, but it’s unclear how it wound up there, or if it was moved after the shooting.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, elected just a few months ago, has gotten personally involved, and spoke at a community meeting after the shooting. He’s vowed to see the case to justice.