Investigation continues in park shootings

July 27, 2010

By Staff

The investigation into the deadly July 17 shootings at Lake Sammamish State Park continued last week, as the King County Sheriff’s Office sent evidence to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab.

The crime lab analysis includes examining ballistic evidence to determine who shot the men killed in the incident. The shootings left a 30-year-old Seattle man, Justin Cunningham, and a 33-year-old Kent man, Yang Keovongphet, dead.

Gunshots injured another three people — a 20 year-old North Bend man, a 22-year-old Seattle man and a 16-year-old Renton boy. None of the men suffered life-threatening injuries.

Cunningham and Keovongphet died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The fourth man injured during the incident was beaten after the shootings. Medics transported him to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue with minor injuries.

Investigators shut down the park the day after the shootings to comb a picnic area for evidence. The team recovered four handguns and 25 spent cartridges.

Police recovered two guns in a car stopped leaving the scene after the shootings. Investigators discovered another gun in a marsh near picnic tables, and the fourth gun near Cunningham’s body.

The park reopened July 19. Detectives continued to interview witnesses last week.

The shootings occurred at about 9 p.m. after a dispute between rival groups at the park escalated into a fistfight. Someone pulled a gun and fired a warning shot. Then, a gun battle ensued at a picnic area near the lakeshore.

Police said members of both groups involved in the incident had gang ties, though investigators do not yet know what prompted the dispute.

Get involved

People with information about the Lake Sammamish State Park shootings should call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.

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