Federal Way police looking for man wanted in three shootings

Staff writerMay 14, 2014 

Bernard Bellerouche

Federal Way police were searching Wednesday for a man believed involved in three shootings in the last week.

Bernard “Crucial” Bellerouche, 27, has gang ties and is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

A SWAT team searched his last known address in the 27800 block of Pacific Highway South on Tuesday but did not find him.

Police said Bellerouche fatally shot Demario Washington, 27, in the back of the head May 7 after an argument in the 27600 block of Pacific Highway South. The men knew each other, but it’s unclear what they fought over, police said.

Bellerouche also is suspected of being present during a May 12 shooting in Des Moines that injured at least one man. In that incident, people in two vehicles were firing at each other, police said.

Bellerouche also was involved in Tuesday’s shootout at a Federal Way parking lot in which a 22-year-old man who had come with his wife to visit his mother in the 28100 block of 18th Avenue South was killed, police Cmdr. Stan McCall said.

The man, who was found in his vehicle, was identified Wednesday as U.S. marine George J. Gabriel.

“The victim was totally uninvolved with any of this stuff,” McCall said. “He was there visiting his mom, looking for a parking spot.”

Police said Tuesday’s shooting in Federal Way appears to be retaliation for the Des Moines shooting.

Gabriel had taken two weeks of leave to be home with his newlywed wife, also a marine, who was sitting next to him in the car when he was shot, KIRO-TV reported. The day he died was his birthday, the news station said.

Bellerouche is 6 feet 2 and 295 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to call 911 or the Federal Way Police Department at 253-835-6856.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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