Seattle Police homicide detectives are investigating a fatal shooting after a man was found with a gunshot wound to the chest on Capitol Hill late Tuesday night. Witnesses told police they saw a vehicle leaving the area but no description of the vehicle has been officially released by SPD.
On 1/17/11, at approximately 11:16 p.m., officers responded to the 1700 block of Harvard Ave to a report of shots fired. While officers were enroute to the call, dispatch advised that a man was down on the sidewalk.
Officers arrived and found a man (in his 40’s) down on the sidewalk with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Officers attempted to resuscitate the victim but their efforts were not successful. Seattle Fire responded and pronounced the victim dead.
Homicide Detectives responded and processed the scene. Officers and detectives canvassed the area for possible witnesses and or suspect(s). There is no suspect information available at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.
This is an open and active case.
Investigators remained on the scene collecting evidence for hours after the incident despite freezing temperatures as the city awaited possibly significant snowfall predicted for the morning.
The death marked the first homicide on Capitol Hill in 2012.