DOCS: Renton shooting spree suspect stated he 'does not like Black people', all victims were Black

A King County Sheriff's Sergeant arrested a suspect accused of a seemingly-random shooting spree that injured three people on Jan. 12, including two in Renton and one in SeaTac. 

Although a clear motive has not yet been identified, newly obtained court documents reveal that the suspect identified as 32-year-old Mamadou A. Diallo made statements to detectives that he "does not like Black people", and all the victims were Black men. The King County Sheriff's Office Superform submitted to prosecutors lists Diallo as a Black man living in SeaTac.  

In his first court appearance on Jan. 13, A King County judge found probable cause to hold Diallo, and set bail at $3 million.

On Jan. 18, prosecutors charged Diallo with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault.


1:22 p.m.: According to the Renton Police Department (RPD), police received a 911 call for an assault that happened inside a Safeway at the 200 block of S. 3rd St. The 76-year-old victim told police he was standing in line to buy lottery tickets, when Diallo pushed him to the ground from behind. Diallo then left the store and was seen driving a gold Dodge Journey. The victim was uninjured.

1:22 p.m.: The RPD says they were advised that a suspect had fired multiple shots into a car near a strip mall on 64 Rainier Ave. S. When police arrived, they found the victim's unoccupied vehicle on the side of the street with at least seven bullet strikes. The victim was found inside a nearby store with multiple gunshot wounds to his leg and torso. Authorities say the 57-year-old man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

According to court documents, Diallo's gold Dodge Journey was captured on surveillance video fleeing the scene.

1:42 p.m.: Officers were then dispatched to another shooting in the 200 block of SW Grady Way. When they arrived to the scene, they found a 42-year-old man laying in the service area of a Kia car dealership with gunshot wounds in his legs, hips and wrist. Medics arrived and took the victim, an employee at the dealership, to Harborview Medical Center.

The victim has since been released.

2:09 p.m.: King County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a shooting in SeaTac at the intersection of 160th St. and 34th Ave. S. When deputies arrived at scene, the victim was found laying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds in the torso. He was then taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

According to court documents, multiple witnesses told police that the suspect had stopped in the middle of the road of the intersection. Diallo then allegedly had a brief interaction with the victim, shot him at point-blank range "four or five times", and drove away.

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According to the King County Sheriff's Office, Diallo was arrested in Tacoma on Thursday after the Sergeant who is assigned to SeaTac Police spotted the suspect's gold Dodge Journey with no license plates traveling onto south bound I-5 from S 199th St.  The vehicle is registered to him.  The Seargent followed the Journey to Tacoma where he arrested Diallo during a traffic stop.   Deputies say a ‘Walther’ brand pistol box was on the front passenger seat and at least one fired casing inside the vehicle.   


Throughout the interview with  detectives, Diallo stated multiple times that he does not like "Black people".  He stated that he does not like spending time with "Black people", because "they are always killing each other".  He denied shooting anyone.  

All three of the victims who were allegedly shot by Diallo, and the man who was pushed to the ground inside the Safeway, were all Black men.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Prosecutors say they anticipate getting the required documents for a charging decision early next week, and intend to take immediate action.

The next court update is expected to arrive on Tuesday.

This is a developing story.