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Two men charged in fatally shooting a woman outside Tukwila Costco

Two men have been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the shooting death of a 67-year-old woman outside the Tukwila Costco.

Police say Illyiss Mohamud Abdi, 18, and Salman S. Haji, 19, attacked Mingyuan Huang and her sister on Jan. 26 while they were loading groceries into their car.

Charging documents say Haji fought to get Huang’s sister’s purse, and when Huang leaned over from the passenger seat to help her, Haji pistol-whipped Huang’s sister and then shot Huang in the chest.

The documents also say Abdi may be linked to the fatal shooting of a teenager in his car in Kent in February. Abdi was arrested in May and charged with assault in that case.

The second suspect in Huang’s murder, Haji, fled the country in late January and remains missing, the documents said.

At the time of the shooting, KIRO 7 spoke with customers outside the warehouse, sharing their safety concerns.

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“It’s concerning to hear because it was in the Costco parking lot with a lot of people around. For someone to be so bold is pretty crazy. Hopefully they catch him soon because for someone that bold, running around is super dangerous,” said Costco customer Alex Simpson.

Documents say that prior to the fatal shooting, the men stole a white Porsche SUV from a woman in Seattle at gunpoint, then the two drove to Costco together and drove away in the same SUV after killing Huang.

Detectives say Abdi and Haji’s fingerprints were found in the Porsche.

In addition to first-degree murder, both men are charged with first-degree robbery and attempted robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

The court requires bail of $5 million for each suspect.

Their arraignment is scheduled for June 5 at the Kent Regional Justice Center.

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