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A man was arrested in the Capitol Hill neighborhood last night after witnesses told police he fired several bullets toward buildings, the ground and into the air.

“After the suspect was read his rights, he was asked why he fired the gun. He told officers he wanted to see if the gun still worked,” said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.

Witnesses called 911 just after 11 p.m. to report seeing the man walking around shooting, said Jamieson. The man was spotted walking around 12th Avenue East and East Harrison and along 13th Avenue East.

“While he was walking, the suspect was randomly firing his handgun in the direction of several buildings, at the ground, and into the air. The suspect reloaded at least once and continued to fire indiscriminately, causing a significant risk to the public,” Jamieson wrote in a news release.

The 32-year-old man was arrested around 15th Avenue East and East Mercer Street, he had a .38 caliber revolver with him, police said. Officers retraced the suspect’s walking route and found that he did not do any damage to buildings or vehicles. There were no reports of injuries.

The man was booked into the King County Jail for discharge of a firearm and unlawful carrying of a firearm, both misdemeanors.