The King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday identified a young woman who was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Northwest African American Museum Tuesday night and her alleged killer, who was killed by responding Seattle police officers.
Anais Valencia, 23, died of multiple gunshot wounds and her death was convicted of murder, according to the medical examiner.
The alleged shooter, 45-year-old Gregory Taylor, was killed by the police. He also died from multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner reported.
A 22-year-old woman who was asked to help her dying friend on a Seattle Police 911 911 call Wednesday night was also shot dead while the two women sat in a blue Toyota Prius in the parking lot of the Museum’s South Block in 2300 Massachusetts Street in the Central District, according to police.
She was treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and was discharged sometime on Wednesday, said hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
Several people called 911 to hear gunshots just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday near Jimi Hendrix Park, which is behind the museum and Urban League Village. These consist of 36 affordable apartments that share the building that once housed the former Charles Colman School.
“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and our thoughts and concerns go to those involved and their families,” said Susan Pickering, chief operating officer of Coast Property Management, which manages the property, in an email sent Explanation.
According to Pickering, Taylor was based in the Urban League Village and had been working in the building five hours a week since 2018 cleaning the facility and grounds. Her testimony states that her company is working with the Seattle police force.
Police released video surveillance footage and footage from officers’ body-worn cameras on Wednesday evening, showing a man approaching the Toyota in the museum parking lot and later raising a gun and pointing it at the responding officers, who asked him to drop the gun allow . Police said Taylor shot the officers who returned fire.
While Seattle police initially said they believed there might be a relationship between the shooter and the people in the car, the department said Thursday, “It appears that there is now no connection between the victims and the suspect.”