Two men involved in separate late-night gun incidents on Capitol Hill that left nerves rattled and one man shot in the back have been charged with felony-level crimes.
Grant Lewis has been charged with second degree assault after police say the 22-year-old shot a man in the back when he opened fire during an October 21st street brawl that reportedly started because of a dispute over a man urinating on a car parked in front of R Place.
ended in gunfire
Prosecutors say Lewis fired his Springfield XD 9mm and hit Chase Silva in the back during a street melee that witnesses said began when Silva was confronted by two men out walking a dog who objected to his urinating on a car parked in front of the R Place nightclub in the 600 block of E Pine. Witnesses told police that Silva pushed one of the men who then pushed Silva back. Silva then struck the man and a fight ensued. One of the dog walkers told police that several “Transgender Samoans” then “jumped into the fray” as the fight moved to Boylston Ave.
Another witness told police he saw Lewis then point the gun into the crowd and fire. Police stopped Lewis trying to leave the scene at E Pine and Belmont and found the pistol in his waistband. Witnesses said he had taken off his red shirt and covered up with a black jacket as he tried to flee the scene.
Silva was detained by police for questioning in the incident and complained of back pain after he was brought to the East Precinct at 12th and Pine. There, it was discovered, he had been shot in the back. Initial SPD reporting indicated that the victim had been so inebriated that he did not know he had been shot but the report available in the Lewis charging documents does not record information about his condition. Silva was taken to Harborview to be treated for his injuries.
The performer was the winner of the 2012 Pride Idol competition. He has not been charged with a crime in this incident.
Lewis remains jailed on $100,000 bail.
The incident is the second assault this month stemming from a fight over public urination.
27-year-old Saimone Kapetaua, has been charged with second degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm in this early morning October 19th shooting incident outside E Olive Way’s the Social nightclub.
Kapetaua, who remains jailed on $150,000 bail, was previously convicted of third degree assault and two counts of unlawful gun possession.
According to police, Kapetaua opened fire with a 9mm pistol outside the E Olive Way club after a series of fights and assaults broke out inside the club involving his former girlfriend. Two witnesses said Kapetaua was attempting to shoot at an acquaintance who had also been involved in the fighting inside the club. Police say Kapetaua attempted to flee the scene in a GMC Yukon but was pulled over by arriving officers. A search of the vehicle turned up the pistol loaded with five rounds with one still in the gun’s chamber, according to the police report.