After announcing an arrest in the case yesterday, today King County Prosecutors officially charged 20-year-old Andrew J. Patterson with second-degree murder for the May 24 random shooting death of Justin Ferrari. Charging documents filed in the case this morning reveal what authorities contend was the tragic motive of the shooting: a bummed cigarette gone bad.
Court documents also indicate the possible involvement of a local gang well-known in the area where the murder took place, known as the 31 RACKS or "Running After Cash Killin Suckaz" gang.
In charging documents filed in the case, the King County Prosecutor's Office says Patterson was in a dispute near the King Deli with another individual over a bummed cigarette when he opened fire from across a street. Police say a stray bullet from Patterson's gun struck Ferrari in the head as he was driving through an intersection of East Cherry Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way with his parents and his two young children in the car.
In a press release announcing the charges, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg praised the work of Seattle Police detectives Al Cruise and Russ Weklych, along with members of the homicide and gang units. "This case is the result of outstanding investigative work by detectives with the Seattle Police Department who were relentless in their pursuit of the suspect," Satterberg says in the release.
At this time Patterson remains in jail on $2 million bail. Prosecutors note they filed a firearm enhancement with the murder charge, meaning if convicted as charged Patterson would face a sentence of 15 to 23 years in prison.
Patterson's first court appearance is scheduled for August 2.
Find complete charging documents filed in the case below: