The victims were shot outside a 7-Eleven on Third Avenue on Nov. 9. The suspect, who is still at large and has been charged in that attack, was also identified in another Seattle shooting on Friday afternoon.
Seattle police were actively looking for the man they suspect of shooting five people in downtown Seattle last week when a 911 call came in Friday afternoon identifying the same 18-year-old in a shooting on Capitol Hill that day, police said.
Detectives had quickly identified Alrick Hollingsworth from video-surveillance footage after the Nov. 9 shooting near the 7-Eleven store on Third Avenue between Pike and Pine Streets, said Assistant Police Chief Robert Merner.
Hollingsworth, he said, “is well-known to police” and has allegedly been involved in a number of robberies, assaults, thefts and weapons violations in the East Precinct over the last couple years.
“We were on him early on,” Merner said of Hollingsworth.
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King County prosecutors on Friday charged the Seattle man — who remains at large — with five counts of first-degree assault, each with a firearms enhancement.
The filing of formal charges generated a $1 million arrest warrant.
Merner said detectives got the warrant around 3 p.m. Friday. A half-hour later, officers responded to a shots-fired call near East Olive Street and 12th Avenue East, where Hollingsworth was identified as the suspected shooter. No one was hit, but a car was shot up, Merner said. By the time officers arrived, Hollingsworth was already gone, he said.
In last week’s shooting, charging papers say Hollingsworth was involved in a dispute with another man and then started to walk away on Third Avenue when he turned and fired without warning into a crowd of people, many of them waiting at a busy bus stop.
Two of the five shooting victims were men who had prior involvement with Hollingsworth, including the man he’d argued with, according to Merner and charging documents. They were the most seriously injured.
One man was shot in the neck and shoulder, the second suffered a broken neck after being shot in the back and neck, according to the charges.
A male bystander was shot in the left buttock and hip; one woman was shot in the right leg; and a second woman was shot in the left leg, say the charges.
At the time of the shootings, the downtown area had additional police presence because of an anti-Donald-Trump rally and march, which started at Westlake Mall earlier in the evening. Merner, who had been on Fourth Avenue, said he was one of the first to arrive at the shooting scene.
After the shooting, Hollingsworth ran into the Nordstrom Rack store on Pine Street, where he was able to access the downtown bus tunnel, according to charging papers.
A security guard who was in the food court at Westlake Mall later told police he saw a young man stuff a black satin jacket with a star pattern into a garbage can before running from the area, the charges say. Video footage showed the shooter wearing the jacket the guard had described, they say.
The security guard and a woman who saw the shootings provided descriptions to police and later identified Hollingsworth from a police photo montage, say the charges.
The day after the shootings, police also received an anonymous tip, with the caller identifying Hollingworth as the gunman, according to the charges.