Two victims identified in Kent Valley Motel shooting

Police still looking for shooter

The two people fatally shot in a double homicide Jan. 31 at a Kent motel have been identified as Sean Peoples, 43, and Sharmayne Jackson, 32.

Peoples and Jackson each died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office Feb. 3 media report. Kent Police reported that Peoples was from Kent and Jackson from Alaska.

Officers found Peoples and Jackson dead after responding at about 10:23 p.m. Jan. 31 to the Kent Valley Motel, 743 Central Ave. N., according to Kent Police. Dispatch received multiple 911 calls reporting sounds of gunshots from inside one of the rooms.

A suspect has not been identified. Early reports indicated that it was not a random incident, according to police.

Kent detectives are asking that anyone with information about the incident call 253-856-5808 or email KPDTips@kentwa.gov.

Prior motel incident

On Sept. 9, 2022, law enforcement agencies raided a room at the Kent Valley Motel and took a man into custody on federal drug trafficking charges after they executed a search warrant. Inside the motel room, investigators reportedly found one kilogram of suspected narcotics, over 15 pounds of suspected narcotics, hundreds of suspected narcotics pills and approximately $147,300 in U.S. currency, according to U.S. Department of Justice court documents.

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