Today is the deadline for prosecutors to charge a 67-year-old felon in connection with a fatal shooting late Saturday outside a West Seattle bar.
The motive for the shooting is unclear.
Lovett James Chambers was booked into King County Jail early Sunday on investigation of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. The assault charge was upgraded to investigation of homicide after the victim, Michael Hood, 26, died, jail records show.
According to the probable-cause document outlining the police case, Chambers was a regular at the Feedback Lounge at 6314 California Ave. S.W., and Hood was also a patron. Witnesses told police that on Saturday night there was no obvious fight or confrontation between the men, though they reported seeing Chambers “glaring” at Hood, the document says.
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When Hood left the bar just before 10 p.m., Chambers followed him outside and approached Hood aggressively, the document says.
According to witnesses, Hood picked up a shovel to defend himself against Chambers, who pulled a handgun and allegedly shot Hood four times in the chest, the document says.
The witnesses saw Chambers leave the scene in a BMW, and they gave officers the license-plate number, the document says. Officers found Chambers at his house, and arrested him, it says. They also found .45-caliber shell casings at the shooting scene.
The officers who went to Chambers’ house obtained a warrant and took the gun into evidence, the document says.
Chambers has prior convictions for kidnapping, rape and several armed robberies, the probable-cause document says. He remains in King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Hood had recently moved to Seattle from Florida.