WALLA WALLA — A second suspect has been arrested in last weekend’s Eastgate-area shooting.
Timothy T. Parlor, 19, of 1041 Pomona St., was booked Tuesday afternoon into the County Jail on investigation of first-degree assault.
Walla Walla police initially tagged co-defendant Shawn A. Crump, who was arrested Sunday, as the suspect who shot Blake D. Nelson in an alley behind the 1700 block of Portland Avenue about 3 a.m. the previous day.
But a police report presented in Superior Court this morning indicates that Parlor — who previously had been identified in court records only as a confidential witness — may be the actual shooter.
Parlor told police over the weekend that he, Crump and Nelson had been at a residence in the 800 block of Figueroa Street. They left and ended up in the Portland Avenue alley, at Crump’s direction, in a car driven by Nelson. After Crump and Parlor got out, Crump pulled a .22-caliber handgun and started shooting Nelson, who was still in the driver’s seat, according to information gleaned from Parlor.
Parlor told authorities he and Crump then fled west and separated, with Crump heading toward a house and Parlor going home.
Meanwhile, Nelson, 26, staggered into Aziz Chevron, 1916 Isaacs Ave., with wounds to his chest, hand and head.
Nelson, who was hospitalized, told police Sunday it was Parlor who shot him. But Nelson had given two previous statements and conflicting stories with no identification of the shooter or others in the car, so the investigation continued.
Information that followed also was rife with contradictions.
On Monday, Crump — who initially had denied being anywhere around Nelson or Parlor — placed himself at the scene of the crime, but told police that Parlor was the shooter. Crump also said he and Parlor both ran to a house near Portland Avenue and Roosevelt Street after the shooting, contrary to Parlor’s account.
Then Tuesday, police spoke with a person who was at the house who said both Crump and Parlor were there and acted extremely agitated.
According to the police report presented today, the person, who is not identified, told Detective Marlon Calton that Crump said something to the effect, “I can’t believe he missed him!”
Parlor was paraphrased as saying, “He didn’t stay down. It went bad!”
Crump and Parlor then reportedly left together after being in the house for about five or 10 minutes.
Police believe both are culpable for shooting Nelson. Crump, 21, was formally charged Monday afternoon with first-degree assault. A charge is pending against Parlor.
Bail for each has been set at $250,000.
In an interview with the Union-Bulletin this morning, Calton said “there’s a very good possibility” the incident is drug-related but added the investigation is continuing
Nelson remains hospitalized at an undisclosed location, Calton added, but he didn’t know Nelson’s specific medical condition.
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.