Medical examiner rules Renton man who shot two Saturday committed suicide

John McKay of Renton is suspected of shooting four people Saturday. - Renton Police Department
John McKay of Renton is suspected of shooting four people Saturday.
— image credit: Renton Police Department


The new owner of Sunset Cars on Sunset Boulevard in Renton is not involved in a legal dispute over ownership of his business. A reference to such an ownership dispute in an online story posted Oct. 29, 2012, was made solely to John McKay, who was involved in shooting two individuals on Oct. 27. McKay previously owned Sunset Cars and was in an ownership dispute dating back more than a year.


Bullets shattered a sliding-glass door, now covered with plywood.

Neighbors cleaned up the blood left behind after John McKay shot the boyfriend of his estranged wife, Tina McKay. There are bullet holes to fill.

And Mark Martinez can only wonder what could have happened if any of his four kids had been playing in the yard Saturday afternoon.

"We really lucked out that no one was outside," said Martinez on Monday. There's a bullet hole in his fence.

The Martinez family was not home when the 48-year-old McKay arrived at Tina McKay's duplex, one building over from where Mark and Aubrey Martinez live with their four children.

McKay has a police record and restraining orders to stay away from his wife, related to domestic violence, according to police.

"He is no stranger to law enforcement," said Sgt. Cindi West, a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff's Office.

McKay was also involved in an ownership dispute over Sunset Cars on Sunset Boulevard that's continuing.

Armed with a handgun, McKay walked into his estranged wife's home on Northeast Fifth Street in the Highlands not far from Renton Technical College at about 2:25 p.m.

He fired several rounds, hitting Tina McKay's boyfriend, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. He hit – pistol whipped – his adult daughter with Tina McKay and her boyfriend with the handgun. They were treated at Valley Medical Center.

Mark Martinez got a call from a neighbor who told him that someone had been shot in his back yard. But Tina McKay's boyfriend ran to the yard after he was shot.

And, then, McKay forced the 11-year-old son of Tina McKay's boyfriend into his black 2011 Chevy Aveo and fled, according to Terri Vickers, a spokeswoman for the Renton Police Department.

Renton Police alerted the King County Sheriff's Office that McKay might be headed for the Issaquah area.

McKay drove east, toward an unincorporated area of Issaquah near May Valley where his estranged mother-in-law, Linda Ryan, lives. At about 3:30 p.m. McKay kicked in her front door, chased her through the house and shot her multiple times as she ran into the back yard, according to West.

Ryan was taken to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries but is now recovering, according to West.

McKay got back into his car, with the 11-year-old boy inside. It wasn't yet clear Monday what the boy heard or saw. Soon, McKay spotted his sister driving in the area. He handed over the boy to her and she returned him to Renton.

McKay then went to his house not far from Linda Ryan's home. Investigators believe he got some beer, West said.

After that, sheriff's investigators don't know what McKay did. At about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, five hours after he shot his mother in law, he was found dead by sheriff's deputies in his Aveo at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Martin Luther King Jr. Way on West Hill in Renton. Police had alerted the public and other agencies to be on the look out for his car; a tip led to his discovery.

The King County Medical Examiner on Monday ruled his death a suicide. He shot himself in the head.

West said the Sheriff's Office would continue its investigation. "We don't want to make any assumptions," she said. There's no indication that anyone else was involved in the shootings, she said.

Monday Mark Martinez made an online request for help to replace the sliding-glass door in Tina McKay's house and to repair the walls hit by the bullets. Martinez bought the plywood himself on Sunday to cover the damaged sliding-glass door. Contact him at

While Martinez and McKay's landlord were doing repairs Sunday and picking up glass, Martinez's wife Aubrey was cleaning up the blood in the kitchen.

"We didn't want them to come home and deal with that," he said.

Martinez said Tina McKay moved in last summer. He didn't know the boyfriend's name.

He described them as "nice regular people."

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