A fight on the dance floor spilled into the streets of Capitol Hill and ended in gunfire early Friday morning, according to police.
According to the report on the 1 AM incident, a man who had been kicked out of E Olive Way’s the Social pulled out a gun and fired off multiple shots following a fight that began inside the club. Witnesses said the man shot into the air and then aimed at a person outside the club and fired multiple times. No one was hit but the club’s front door was shattered.
A 27-year-old man was arrested after a nearby traffic stop. Additional details from our original post and SPD’s preliminary report are below.
Original Post: The sound of gunshots and screams were reported early Friday morning in a shooting incident below Broadway. No gunshot victim has been located at this time.
Police and medics responded to one victim in the 1500 block of E Olive Way just after 1 AM Friday but it was not immediately clear what injuries the person had sustained.
A car leaving the area was stopped near Harvard and E Thomas and its occupants detained.
The assault with weapons medical call was quickly cleared and the victim was able to assist SPD in identifying the assailant from the car.
Police continued to search the area for people on foot also believed to have been involved in the incident.
This is a breaking story and will be updated as we learn more. All information is preliminary and has not yet been confirmed with Seattle Police or Seattle Fire.
UPDATE: No official report from SPD on this yet but dispatch records indicate the incident was being investigated as a drive-by incident with no injuries and gang units were deployed. A CHS reader has provided pictures from the scene and tells us the incident unfolded in front of the Social nightclub before the arrest a short ways away on Harvard.
UPDATE: Here’s the preliminary report from SPD –
Police responded to an early morning report of a disturbance and shots fired outside a club in the 1700 Block of East Olive Way. Just before 1:00 am, East Precinct officers responded to the call of a disturbance involving several people that had begun inside the club on the dance floor and then continued out on the street after security attempted to escort them outside. Club security had just escorted two people outside and then went back in to deal with another disturbance. Several witnesses reported seeing one of the first men kicked out walk away from the club, only to return immediately with a gun in his hand. The suspect raised the gun in the air and, according to witnesses, fired at least one shot in the air. Witnesses told police that the suspect then pointed the gun at another patron standing in front of the club and fire several shots. There were no injuries as a result, althought the front door of the club was shattered. Witnesses stated that the suspect then walked away and got into a gold SUV and drive away.
As officers were responding to the call, they saw a gold 2001 GMC Yukon leaving the area and conducted a high risk traffic stop on the vehicle. Witnesses positively identified the man driving as the same suspect who had fired the gun. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. The 27-year-old suspect was taken to the East Precinct where he later taken to Harborview Medical Center after complaining about a medical issue. Once the suspect is discharged from the hospital, it is expected he will be booked into the King County Jail on a number of charges. The Yukon was also impounded pending a search warrant. Gang Unit detectives are handling the follow up investigation.
UPDATE: Seattle Fire explains their deployment:
At 1:01 a.m. a male called dispatch and said he had been shot outside of a building in the 1500 block of East Olive Way. SPD arrived first and it looks like we were on scene for just 8 minutes. We did not transport.
UPDATE: A witness says the Social’s door was punched out — not shot out — before the shots were fired.