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Puget Sound Newswatch

3 Family Members Charged In Drive-By

SEATTLE - Three members of a West Seattle family have been charged with two counts each of first-degree assault in connection with an alleged gang-retaliation drive-by shooting.

King County prosecutors allege in charges filed yesterday in King County Superior Court that Fia, James and Brian Faletogo were involved in the Aug. 18 shooting of a young man and woman who were on the front porch of a house in the 4800 block of Delridge Way Southwest.

Fia Faletogo, 18, is the brother of Aries Faletogo, who was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder earlier this year for fatally shooting a woman and wounding her boyfriend as they sat on a West Seattle park bench. The shooter didn't know either victim.

Deputy Prosecutor Dennis McCurdy alleged that the Faletogos stopped their car in front of the house about 8:45 p.m. and opened fire. Edward Hills was shot four times, and Lana Axthelm was hit in the knee. Seattle police counted 17 bullet impacts in the house.

McCurdy said that Hills and the Faletogos are members of rival gangs and that the shootings appeared to be part of a continuing fight.

Hills allegedly identified his attackers when police contacted him in the hospital Aug. 23. Other witnesses corroborated his account, McCurdy said.

Seattle police later arrested Fia and James Faletogo, 31, at their West Seattle house and recovered firearms from the Faletogo home that matched the casings left at the scene.

The FBI arrested Brian Faletogo, 34, in California.

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