Seattle Police are investigating a shooting on Capitol Hill that sent a cell phone robbery victim to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries just after 2:30 AM near Summit and Howell in a violent incident that apparently also included one of the robbery suspects getting shot in the foot.
Police say the shooting began after the robbery as the victim and a person with him began following the suspects demanding the phone back. Police say the suspect pulled out a gun and began shooting, hitting the victim in the leg and apparently striking another suspect in the foot. Police say the suspect also struck a nearby apartment building with the gunfire.
Here’s the preliminary report from SPD:
Detectives are investigating after an armed robber shot the victim and his partner in crime during a Capitol Hill robbery early Saturday morning.
911 dispatchers began receiving calls reporting a shooting near Summit Ave and Howell St around 2:30 AM. Officers arrived and found a man who had been shot in the lower leg following a street robbery. A witness and the victim began recounting the events to officers as medics were treating the victim’s non-life threatening gunshot wound.
The victim told officers he was walking on Capitol Hill when he was approached by a group of men who robbed him of his cell-phone. A witness and the victim began to follow after the robbery suspects demanding the cell-phone back. At Summit Ave and Howell St one of the suspects produced a handgun and began shooting in an apparent effort to stop the victim and witnesses pursuit.
Later, while officers were interviewing the victim at Harborview Medical Center, one of the suspects hobbled in having been shot in the foot during the incident. Police later learned that a building was also struck by gunfire around the time of the incident after a 911 caller reported a bullet had gone through a window of their second-floor Bellevue Ave apartment.
Robbery detectives are responding to the hospital and will be interviewing the suspect and working to identify the other suspects.
@jseattle 3 gun shots Summit and Howell
— snordly (@jbin) May 23, 2015
— Lisa Strube-Kilgore (@LisesPiecesWA) May 23, 2015
Gunshots and cop sirens. The new music of Neo Capitol Hill. :( Stay safe everyone. The wannabe gangsters are out tonight.
— Harry M. Stache (@LevesquesStache) May 23, 2015
Police were searching for three suspects reported by witnesses as three black males in their 20s, two wearing black hoodies and the third in a red hoodie. The suspect in the red hoodie was reported as the shooter in the incident. The suspects were last seen heading eastbound on Howell from the scene. One witness reported seeing a person limping away in the same direction.
The shooting just before 2:30 AM Saturday follows an armed robbery reported early Wednesday morning near Cal Anderson Park. In that incident, police took five suspects into custody — two of the suspects were 13-year-olds, the others aged 14, 16, and 17.