A Seattle man previously jailed for allegedly opening fire and injuring two pedestrians on a crowded sidewalk in Seattle’s Little Saigon neighborhood in October was charged Tuesday with second degree murder in connection with a fatal downtown shooting of Seattle a week earlier, according to King County prosecutors.
Raymond Castillo, 28, was arrested on October 16 at a gas station in the 800 block of Rainier Avenue South, where police said he attempted to plug in his aunt’s car after fleeing the scene of the shootout on 12th Avenue and Jackson Street, where a man and woman were shot in the left leg, according to court and jail records. He was subsequently charged with two counts of first degree assault, first degree theft, attempted motor vehicle theft and unlawful first degree possession of a firearm.
Castillo pleaded not guilty to the charges on Nov. 3, according to court records.
He was charged Tuesday with second degree murder and illegal possession of a first degree firearm in connection with the October 3 shooting death of 35-year-old Dale Hiller. Hiller was shot five times near Third Avenue and Pike Street and died shortly after medics were transported. him at Harborview Medical Center, according to the prosecution documents.
Castillo, who is now being held in lieu of a combined $ 2.5 million bail for the two cases, is to be brought to trial on murder and firearms charges on December 20.
It’s unclear whether Kris Jensen, Castillo’s defense attorney in the October 16 assault case, will also represent him in the murder case. Jensen declined to comment when reached by phone on Wednesday.
Just before 9:30 p.m. on October 3, Seattle police were patrolling downtown, driving north on Third Avenue, when they heard several gunshots behind them.
Officers turned back to Pike Street, where they saw a man identified as Hiller carrying a backpack and collapsed into his lap. Officers could see that he had been shot in the back many times and began to save lives. When officers returned Hiller, they found a .38 caliber revolver under him, according to the charges. Officers also found several .40 caliber shell casings within yards
Over the next few days, police detectives collected CCTV footage from surrounding businesses. The footage shows a fight between two people, then one person with a backpack runs west and is chased by the second person, who appears to shoot the fleeing individual, prosecution documents show.
Detectives also obtained video footage of a King County subway bus that had passed shortly before the shooting, which shows a man pulling a gun out from under his clothes and approaching another man from behind , depending on the charges. The man hits the other man on the back of the head with the gun, and the man staggers and runs away.
A person who knew Hiller called the Seattle Police Department’s information line on Oct. 19 and identified Castillo as Hiller’s killer, according to the charges. The person, who later told a detective that Castillo was already in jail, had heard from friends of Hiller that Castillo was responsible for his death, according to the charges.
Detectives have confirmed Castillo’s arrest in the October 16 shooting in Little Saigon and that a .40 caliber handgun was entered into evidence in the case. Preliminary ballistic tests linked the weapon to both the Oct. 3 homicide and the Oct. 16 shooting, as well as two other shootings investigated by Seattle police, according to the charges. Castillo’s prison reservation photo also matched footage of the alleged gunman in the October 3 bus video footage, according to the charges.
Castillo, who has previously been convicted of assault and theft, is not legally allowed to own firearms, prosecutors said.