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Kent man charged in drive-by shooting

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Police say that in the early morning hours of Dec. 1 a Kent man fired two shotgun blasts into a house in Mount Vernon where he believed his ex-girlfriend was staying.

But Maximillian Diltz, 23, got it wrong and, according to Mount Vernon Police, shot somebody else's place instead.

Police arrested Diltz at his workplace in Pacific on Dec. 2 and booked him into King County Jail for investigation of drive-by shooting.

The Skagit County Prosecutor has since charged him with drive-by shooting.

According to police, the owner of the house in the 5300 block of Wellspring Road returned home just after 5:20 a.m. Monday to find two shots in his garage door. No one was home when the shots were fired, and the man told police he didn't know of anybody who would want to hurt him.

When police canvassed the neighborhood, a neighbor told them that, hearing shots at about 2:30 a.m., he looked out a window and saw a white Volvo station wagon pulling away. A woman in the neighborhood later told officers that her ex-boyfriend's car matched that description. She said that they had broken up, and that she had recently filed a police report complaining about his harassing text messages and threats to change her social-media passwords. According to police, she was staying at a friend's house in the area at the time of the shooting.

Police said officers later got information that put the woman's ex-boyfriend in the area 15 minutes before the shooting. They also found a shotgun and shells inside his home.

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