Bail set for man accused in shooting near Seattle

AP News
Posted: Jul 25, 2011 8:03 PM
Bail set for man accused in shooting near Seattle

A 42-year-old man accused of shooting seven people at a crowded nightclub near Seattle told police he followed his estranged wife and her new boyfriend there and opened fire because he "couldn't stand it," according to a probable-cause statement released Monday.

Cesar Vielma-Chapparo, of Covington, Wash., was ordered held in King County Jail Monday in lieu of $1 million bond.

Police in Auburn, Wash., say the jealous husband spent several minutes watching his wife, her two sisters and a male companion on the dance floor early Sunday before pulling out a handgun and firing.

The probable cause statement says Vielma-Chapparo shot Marco Maradiaga-Hernandez in the head. The statement says he shot his estranged wife Blanca Arroyos in the chest, her sister Veronica Arroyos in the back twice, another sister Etelvina Arroyos in the face, and three bystanders.

Two women in their 30s from the casino shooting remain in serious condition in the intensive care unit and another woman is in satisfactory condition, said Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman with Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman said Monday. A 29-year-old man has been discharged from the hospital, she said. Three other victims taken to Valley Medical Center in Renton suffered minor injuries and have been released.

The shooting happened at about 1:30 a.m. at the crowded Club Galaxy inside the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle, police said. The facility is owned and operated by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.

Police said the suspect started to flee the club after the shooting, but a security officer tackled him.

Meanwhile, no arrests have been made in a shooting that injured 13 people at a lowrider car show in nearby Kent on Saturday, said Kent police Sgt. Jarod Kasner.

He said he couldn't confirm reports by witnesses quoted in the media saying the fight began over a paint job or after people stared each other down.

"It's still unclear what the exact cause of the altercation was or how many people were involved," Kasner said Monday. "We're trying to figure out where it all went wrong."

Police say they want to locate and interview several people who may have crucial information and are looking for several cars that left the scene.

Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas plans to call together regional law enforcement officials to address problems with organized street gangs.

The car show, listed as La Raza low-rider car show on a Latino events website, allowed participants to display vehicles modified to ride low to the ground.

None of the injuries in the car show shooting was life threatening, officials have said. Nine people ranging from age 14 to 32 were taken to Harborview Medical Center with injuries to arms, legs, feet and torso from that shooting. Two were in satisfactory condition Monday, Gregg said. Four others were shot, at least two of whom went to other hospitals, the Seattle Times reported.