Prosecutors have charged 22-year-old Donald “Mess” Massey, Jr. for allegedly shooting and injuring two men in the parking lot of the Quick Pack Food Mart at MLK and Jackson last month.
Massey has been charged with two counts of first degree assault and one count of domestic violence for an apparently unrelated incident four days before the shooting.
Police located him in a car at 20th and Cherry May 14 and arrested him for the domestic assault. While he was in jail, they figured out he is also the suspect in the April 29 shooting.
In court documents filed late last week, King County Prosecutors and SPD investigators say the shooting stemmed from a gang dispute between the Valley Hood Piru and the East Union Street Hustlers. Both gangs lay claim to the Central District and have had violent clashes in the past.
The victims, allegedly members of the Valley Hood Piru gang, went to the McDonald’s at Rainier and Bayview shortly before the shooting. While waiting in the drive-through, they saw Massey and another group exit the McDonald’s in front of their car.
The victims knew Massey because he used to be with the Valley Hood Piru, but was now hanging with the East Union Street Hustlers. Massey has several common Valley Hood Piru tattoos, including one in memory of Quincy Coleman who was killed in 2008 near Garfield High School.
They said hello and even shook Massey’s hand. Massey then left with the group without tension or incident.
Because one of the victims did not want McDonald’s, they then drove to the the Quick Pack so he could buy some chicken (the Quick Pack is probably best known for its chicken). After exiting the mart and getting back in the Caprice, an SUV (pictured above) pulled into the parking lot, blocking its exit.
Four men got out of the SUV, and a second vehicle then pulled into the parking lot, boxing the Caprice in. Massey then allegedly climbed into the back seat of the Caprice. Due to his recent friendliness, the victims were apparently “shocked and in disbelief” when he allegedly pulled a black handgun and shot both the victims, according to investigators.
It is possible Massey shot them to solidify his standing with Union Street, according to the court documents. Victims and others knowledgeable about what happened were very reluctant to speak to police.