Kent Police are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting that left a 25-year-old man dead.
Terez Bardwell died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Upon arrival, Bardwell, of Burien, was found shot and unresponsive in the parking lot of the Red Lion Inn and Suites, said Kent Police spokesman Jarod Kasner in an email. CPR was initiated, but Bardwell succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
The shooter remains at large. There is no description of the suspect to release at this time, police said.
Preliminary reports indicate that this was not a random incident and the man was targeted. The motive may be linked to Bardwell’s association to criminal activity, police said.
“The extent of the criminal activity is still being determined,” Kasner said.
The investigation is ongoing as detectives are still interviewing potential witnesses and following up on all available leads.
The fatal shooting is the 12th homicide in Kent this year, and the third in the last five weeks. Kent had six homicides in 2016, five in 2015, four in 2014, three in 2013 and two in 2012. Kent is the sixth largest city in the state with a population of more than 127,000.