A shooting outside a 23rd and Jackson bank left a security guard and a suspect in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to Seattle Police. Officers responded to 911 calls of shots fired at the Central District Bank of America at around 11 AM.
Police said the 30-year-old suspect shot the 46-year-old guard with the guard’s own gun after he took it from him in a fight in the bank’s breezeway. The suspect then turned the gun on himself, according to the SPD Blotter.
Medics transported the security guard to the hospital in critical condition. The suspect was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. He also suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder that may have occurred during the fight.
Officers closed off 23rd Ave between Jackson and King soon after the incident.
Mayor Ed Murray had recently gone on a “find-it-fix-it walk” around 23rd and Jackson as part of his summer public safety initiative. The shooting will be discussed at Thursday night’s EastPAC Community Meeting, which starts at 6:30 PM at Seattle University’s Chardin Hall.
UPDATE 7/25/14 10 AM: A SPD spokesperson said investigators have not yet released any information to clear up what lead to the shooting and if the incident was part of a robbery attempt. Police say the guard was shot with his own gun in the attack. The suspect has also not yet been taken into custody as he remains hospitalized in serious condition Friday morning. Q13 Fox has identified the 46-year-old guard as Bruce Golphenee. He also remains hospitalized in serious condition.