Teen wanted for fatally shooting sleeping stranger on bus without provocation turns himself in

Francis Akhalbey November 09, 2023
17-year-old Miguel Rivera Dominguez (left) is accused of fatally shooting Marcel Wagner (right) -- Left photo credit: King County Sheriff's Office | Right photo via New York Post

Miguel Rivera Dominguez, the 17-year-old accused of fatally shooting a stranger who was sleeping on a Seattle bus on October 3, turned himself in without incident on Monday, the King County Sheriff’s Office announced. 

Per KOMO, Dominguez’s surrender comes after prosecutors brought charges against him in connection with what they described as the “senseless execution of a total stranger.” The incident in question was captured on video, and police said it showed Dominguez entering a Metro bus and sitting. The suspect, who was wearing a full ski mask, later drew a gun and opened fire on 21-year-old Marcel Wagner, police added. 

Dominguez is said to have shot Wagner five times at point-blank range. The victim was struck in the head and neck. Deputy prosecutor Lauren Burke stated that Dominguez shot Wagner “without any provocation, and in fact without having ever interacted with the victim at all”, the New York Post reported.

In the wake of the fatal incident, a detective said footage showed Dominguez subsequently shouting at the bus driver to open the door so he could exit, per KOMO. He also shot at the door twice.

Police later used surveillance cameras to track where the 17-year-old suspect went after the shooting. Authorities ultimately received a tip about where he could be possibly staying. Police also said that after the shooting, Dominguez and an acquaintance disposed of the mask and changed their attire after making their way to a Boys and Girls Club in the area.

Dominguez was charged in an adult court with first-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. The 17-year-old is also being held on a $3 million bail. 

“The defendant’s senseless execution of a total stranger strongly suggests that if released on his own recognizance or on a low bail, he will commit future violent offenses,” Burke initially wrote when asking for the bail to be set at $3 million. 

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: November 9, 2023


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