An adult male died from a gunshot wound early Sunday morning at a large New Year’s Eve party in Redmond. The incident took place at about 2 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 16800 block of Northeast 39th Court, according to the Redmond Police Department (RPD).
The deceased was identified as Adrian Anguiano, 20, by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday afternoon. He was a Tukwila resident and party attendee, according to RPD public information officer Becky Range.
The suspect is still at large.
Range said Redmond firefighters were first called to The Trails of Redmond after an automatic alarm went off, which may have been triggered from people smoking inside The Club recreation center where the party — with about 100 attendees — was being held. The sprawling complex contains 423 apartment units and is located near the Microsoft east campus.
There was no fire, and while on scene, one of the firefighters heard a gunshot and called RPD and medical units.
RPD units arrived at about 2:10 a.m. and located Anguiano outside of the rec room, south of the main entrance, while the crowd dispersed from the chaotic scene, Range said.
RPD was joined by officers from the Kirkland and Bellevue police departments and, along with a K-9 unit, canvassed the scene but couldn’t locate a suspect, Range said.
Officers cleared the scene in the Overlake area later Sunday morning and said there was no imminent threat to the surrounding area.
Investigators are presently interviewing party-goers who heard the gunshot. RPD also received one 911 call regarding a noise, which the caller thought was a gunshot.
One resident who lives near the rec center said she was asleep when the shooting occurred. The resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said there was a big crowd present on New Year’s Eve and the parking lot near the rec center was full. Normally, there are smaller parties with no problems. Earlier in the evening, the resident — who has lived at the Trail for about two years — heard loud noises, which they believed to be fireworks.
Mark Wheeler, who has resided at the Trails with his wife for just over two years, was out of town on New Year’s Eve and heard about the shooting on Tuesday morning. He said there have never been any troubles with parties at the rec center and people usually leave by 9:30-10 p.m. Last year, he noted that a group of people in their 20s were being loud in the pool, but that noise soon ceased.
Range said RPD has interviewed a few witnesses, but many of them scattered from the scene. She urges any witnesses to call Det. Jesse Bollerud at (425) 556-2500 if they have information.
Range gave a brief update on Tuesday morning, noting that RPD believes through its initial investigation that the suspect was also a party attendee.
The RPD is in the process of organizing a meeting with the Trails manager and residents to discuss the incident.
“(The manager) has expressed concern about how they’re feeling,” Range said about the residents. “We just want to make sure they have all the information we can release.”
The Reporter contacted the Trails management and was referred to its owner at Essex Apartment Homes in San Mateo, Calif. Neither Trails or Essex management could make a comment at post time.
The Reporter will follow up on this story when more information becomes available.