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Shots fired at house in Federal Way but no apparent link to Monday’s murder in area, police say


FEDERAL WAY, Wash. —  Shots were fired at a house in Federal Way on Thursday night, but no one was injured, police said.

Anton Sloboda, the brother of a man shot to death Monday night in what police initially believed was a road rage incident, said that multiple shots were fired near his family Thursday night as they were laying flowers at the site of his brother’s death.

But Federal Way Police said the shots were fired a half-mile away from where the Sloboda family was laying flowers at the site where Dennis Sloboda was killed Monday morning.

At about 7:50 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a report of shots fired in the 32200 block of 46th Place SW, police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said.

"This location is approximately 1/2-mile north of the homicide which occurred on Monday evening, where a family vigil was being held (approximately 8 individuals were present at the vigil)," Schrock said. "Upon investigation of the shots fired call, police determined that approximate 5-6 shots were heard and bullets did strike a residence at the location.

"There were no injuries at the location. Officers have processed the scene of the shooting for the collection of evidence. There is nothing to suggest that there is a link or connection between tonight's incident and Monday's homicide. However, at this early stage of the investigation nothing is being ruled out."

On Monday night, Anton's brother, Dennis Sloboda, 32, was found shot dead in his crashed car at W. Hoyt Road between SW 320th and 340th in Federal Way.

Earlier that night, Dennis Sloboda reportedly fled to his brother Anton's apartment and said that he had cut someone off while driving. The other driver reportedly pulled out a gun, then followed him to the apartment.

Anton Sloboda said his brother asked him for a gun, which he did not provide, and then the pair waited inside until they figured the man had left. Dennis Sloboda then departed for the hospital to see his wife and child, but his wife told Anton he never made it.

Instead, police say nearby residents reported gunshots around 10:30 p.m. Monday and responding officers found Dennis Sloboda dead in his vehicle.

Police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said Monday night that investigators believed the victim was involved in "some type of road-rage incident" but the case remains under investigation. They have not released a suspect or vehicle description.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or submit an anonymous tip online.