EVERETT, Wash. - The Snohomish County Medical Examiner has identified the victim shot and killed during a large fight in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 6 as 31-year-old Damien A. Navarro of Everett, Washington. He died from gunshot wounds.
Snohomish County Sheriff's detectives are asking for help from any witnesses or those who have photos or video of the events leading up to the shooting.
At approximately 1:35 A.M., multiple people called 911 to report a fight in progress in the 600 block of 128 St SW in unincorporated south Everett.
Callers said that 10-20 people were fighting in the parking lot of 128th Billiards and that multiple shots had been fired.
Additionally, an unknown white sedan was reported leaving the area in an unknown direction.
Upon arrival, deputies found a man dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
Detectives from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit later responded to take over the investigation. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will confirm the cause of death and the identity of the victim.
Anyone with additional information or evidence is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (425) 388-3845.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can upload your photos and video along with information to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound through the P3 Tips App on your cell phone or at P3Tips.com.
Crime Stoppers will pay a $1,000 cash reward to anyone who helps detectives solve the case and make an arrest.
The family has set up a gofundme to help with funeral costs for Damien.
A road was shut down for hours and so far, no one has been arrested.
FOX 13 News talked with people in the area who heard the shots and said this kind of tragedy has unfortunately become the norm.
People said the scene is heartbreaking after a 31-year-old man lost his life.
"I can't wait to move out of Everett. I mean I hate to say it like that. I've been here for 50 years, but I can't wait to move out of Everett," neighbor Michelle Hall said.
For Hall, this deadly shooting feels like the last straw.
She lives a block away and was startled by gunfire early Sunday.
"I heard a quick volley of about six shots and then a second or two of quiet, and then a sporadic five more," she said.
Snohomish County deputies said the 31-year-old man was shot in the head and killed at about 1:30 a.m. in the 600 block of 128th Street Southwest near an Arco gas station and a billiards bar.
Officials said a group of 10–20 people were fighting.
A man who answered the phone at the bar told FOX 13 News he was working with police but had no comment.
A witness, who did not want to be identified or speak on-camera, said there was a fight in the parking lot involving women.
He said he was not sure how the man got involved.
Just feet from the scene, Johnny Helms came to his auto shop to do some paperwork early Sunday.
He saw the law enforcement presence and a tent where investigators were trying to piece together what happened.
"Expect to come to work every day. Try to be safe, and it's pretty scary," Helms said.
He and other business owners said there have been ongoing issues in the area when it comes to crime.
"What's next, you know? I've been broken into, luckily it was just an in and out thing, I've got cameras, but they were pretty fast. Didn't grab anything. So, now we're locking up the keys and everything out of the cars," Helms said.
Now, Helms and Hall struggle to nail down a solution as they search for a way to help their community.
"I don't know. I just, I don't know. How am I supposed to feel? I mean, yeah, I'm mad. It's awful. I'm in a terrible neighborhood. This has also become the norm," Hall said.
Business owners we talked with said everyone has to work together to try to cut down on crime and issues in the area.
They said they're hopeful that soon there won't be any more activity like what they found this weekend.
Deputies said they have no suspect information right now.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office at 425-388-3393.
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