A 31-year-old man died after he was shot Tuesday afternoon at Second Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle, police say.
A 31-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon at Second Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle, police say. The man was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center. A witness said he had been shot in the head.
Police arrested a suspect — a 27-year-old Lynnwood man — a short time after the shooting, according to Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel.
The suspect was under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections for second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and three counts of unlawful imprisonment, according to Chad Lewis, spokesman for the DOC. The suspect was due to report in again next Wednesday.
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A hot-dog vendor, who gave his name only as Jacob W., said he was working at the Gourmet Dog Japon stand when he heard “a noise and some scuffling.” He turned to see a man walk past another man and shoot him.
The victim fell forward as the gunman ran off, he said.
At 4:41 p.m., police responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired and a man down at the intersection. They began a search of the area, Kappel said. Officers located the suspect in the 100 block of Pine Street, about a block from the shooting scene. He said officers also recovered a handgun.
Shaher Abuelkhair, the owner of Zaina, a nearby restaurant, said the suspect was arrested inside his business.
Abuelkhair said he was nearby at Nordstrom Rack when the shooting occurred. He said police began swarming the area and wouldn’t let him cross the street back to his restaurant.
One of Abuelkhair’s employees was inside chopping onions and didn’t seem to know what was going on outside, so Abuelkhair started waving his arms at him.
“What the hell are you doing?” he said an officer asked him.
“I’m trying to get my guy out,” he said. “I think the guy you’re looking for is inside my bathroom.”
Abuelkhair said it had been “just a hunch.”
Police surrounded the store, and the suspect walked out of the bathroom, Abuelkhair said. Officers told him to lie down, then arrested him.
Abuelkhair said his employee told him the suspect had come in and asked for a gyro, but it was too expensive so he ordered fries. Then he took out what was in his pocket — four or five quarters and half a cigar — and left it on the counter before going into the bathroom.
Abuelkhair said “a lot of riffraff” comes to his restaurant to use the bathroom, which is why he suspected the man was hiding there.
Abuelkhair said the suspect may have ordered fries because he knew only customers can use his bathroom.
“It’s kind of scary,” Abuelkhair said, “But we’re lucky we got my guy out safely.”
A motive for the shooting was not immediately known.
The suspect was being interviewed by detectives Tuesday night, and Kappel said he would be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of murder.
Lewis said the suspect is on a DOC detainer and won’t be released, even if he can post bail.
Seattle Times staff reporter Jennifer Sullivan contributed to this report.
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