The 19-year-old arrested by police following Sunday morning’s shooting in Pike/Pine told police he was carrying the .40 caliber pistol used in the shooting but that he didn’t pull the trigger, according to court records.
The 19-year-old had his first appearance in King County Superior Court Monday as a judge set his bail at $500,000. Prosecutors have until July 17th to file charges. CHS doesn’t typically name suspects until they are charged with a crime.
The shooting victim remained in critical condition following hours of surgery Sunday morning after he was found with bullet wounds to his chest and abdomen on the pavement of 10th Ave in front of Oddfellows Cafe and Rancho Bravo.
According to SPD, one witness heard the suspect on his phone saying “I didn’t mean to do it,” shortly before police officers tracked him down near Cal Anderson Park following the 3 AM shooting at 10th and Pine. The suspect told police the victim in the shooting was a friend, according to a court document. The 19-year-old told police he was in the car left at the scene when the shooting occurred and picked up the gun from the ground as he exited the vehicle and fled.
Another witness recorded a phone video of the aftermath of the shooting and provided the recording to police. Police say the video does not show the suspect stop to pick anything up as he ran away.
Police say they recovered shell casings at the 10th/Pine shooting scene that matched the caliber of the suspect’s gun.
According to court records, the suspect is a 19-year-old South Seattle resident with a criminal record but nothing on par with Sunday’s shooting. He was released from jail this spring after being hauled in for investigation of robbery. No charges were brought in that case.