In today's P-I, reporter Brad Wong (the guy who incorrectly identified 2100 S. Graham as Rainier Valley yesterday) has an article with what I believe is a veiled reference to that parking lot.
Someone in the group thought Horton's killer frequented an area near a Rainier Avenue liquor store. So they drove to the spot, and the three men went to the liquor store. The 18-year-old was supposed to wait by the car, but he also went to the store, police said.
It's a complicated story, and you can go and read it if you want, but that part about "Someone in the group thought Horton's killer frequented an area near a Rainier Avenue liquor store" -- they've got to be talking about the Safeway parking lot. The liquor store is right in the middle of the complex, right next to the Safeway, and the whole thing is surrounded by a very busy Rainier Avenue.
Is the P-I not supposed to say "the Safeway parking lot"? Or did the reporter not know what "area" might be right outside the liquor store?
And speaking of "the liquor store," what's with the indefinite article used in the article: "a Rainier Avenue liquor store"? There's only one liquor store on Rainier Avenue. (The one in the Safeway parking lot.)
Note: On 9/11/07, I edited this post to make it a little less bitchy about Brad Wong, who is probably a really nice guy.