A man was arrested Thursday night after a series of gunshots startled residents around 13th Ave E. According to police, the 32-year-old man fired the shots — and reloaded and fired some more — because he wanted to see if the gun still worked.
“The suspect reloaded at least once and continued to fire indiscriminately, causing a significant risk to the public,” the report, below, on the incident states.
The suspect was found walking on 15th Ave E a few blocks away and ordered to lay face down in the street as police called for back-up before arresting the armed man.
One neighbor who called 911 sent in this account of the situation:
Tonight at 11:07pm I was going out to my car to go to the store. I heard 4 gun shots fired from somewhere north of 11th and Mercer in Capital Hill. I called it into 911. I left QFC on 15th ave at 11:30 and saw a bunch of police officers and cars at 15th and Mercer. I stopped and identified that I was the person who called the shots in. They told me that they had a guy in custody who they found with a gun there and were investigating what he was shooting at and why. So, 25 minutes or less from calling 911 to a suspect in custody. I’m impressed.
The full report from SPD is below:
On January 12th, just after 11:00 pm, a number of people called 911 to report a man walking down the street firing a handgun. The first reports stated that the man was walking northbound on 12th Avenue East from East Harrison to East Mercer . Additional reports then indicated that the suspect had turned on East Mercer and was walking in the 500 Block of 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.
East Precinct officers responded and located the suspect on 15th Avenue at East Mercer. The 32 year old suspect was taken into custody and a .38 caliber revolver was recovered. Officers went back and retraced the suspect’s walking route. It does not appear that there was any damage done to any buildings or vehicles. Fortunately, there were no reports of any injuries. 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.
The 32 year old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for discharge of a firearm and unlawful carry of a firearm.