A well known character in the Capitol Hill music and nightlife scene is recovering this week after being shot three times Monday night in a West Seattle robbery attempt.
Rick Powell, who also works the doors at E Pike bars and clubs and is a member of Seattle band Theories, was driving for the Black Crown car service Monday night when he was shot in an exchange of gunfire with a man trying to rob him:
The victim — who had a concealed weapon permit — drew his own gun, but Garcia-Mendez opened fire, striking the 27-year-old man several times in the chest.
The victim fired off several shots of own, hitting Garcia-Mendez in the hand and hip.
Powell was rushed to the hospital and has undergone surgery for his injuries. Friends say he is expected to make a full recovery. To help with medical bills, friends and his coworkers at Black Crown are holding online fundraisers:
- Rick Powell Fund: Current status — $4,176 of $5,000 goal
- Black Crown Rick Powell Fund: Current status — $5,000 of $25,000 goal
There is also a benefit planned to support Powell on April 18th at the Highline.