Crime

Bail set for Tacoma man held in connection with fatal Federal Way shooting

Bail has been set at $350,000 for a Tacoma man arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting last week in Federal Way that left a 20-year-old dead and two other young men wounded.

Maurice L. Oatts, 21, was arrested Wednesday on investigation of first-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of 20-year-old Muldhata Dawud. On Thursday, a King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold Oatts in custody pending charges.

Police allege that at 1 a.m. on July 30, Oatts drove alongside the car in which Dawud of Seattle was a passenger and opened fire.

Dawud and the two other people with him in the back seat of the car were hit, police said. The other two men were ages 18 and 19.

Witnesses said the gunman was driving a red Chevrolet Impala or a similar vehicle.

Police said Oatts was identified by one of the victims from a photo lineup, according to court documents.

The records give no motive for the shooting, but police said investigators believe an altercation over a woman might have fueled the dispute.

The shooting of Dawud was followed less than two days later by what police said was a coincidental but unconnected fatal shooting of one of his friends.

Seattle police said Zakariya Issa, 20, of Seattle, was walking home July 31 from a prayer service for Dawud in South Seattle when he was shot and killed.

Police said investigators have identified two suspects in Issa’s shooting, but no arrests have been made.

Police believe Issa had been suspected of stealing from a member of the South Seattle gang to which they both belonged.

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