A victim was shot in what a witness said was a robbery gone wrong early Wednesday morning on E Union just off the main drag of the Pike/Pine nightlife district. But police say the shooting appears to be part of an altercation between two men with a grudge — not a hold-up.
SPD has confirmed the shooting and tells us the victim’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening. SPD’s brief on the incident has been added below.
Officers rushed to the area outside Sizzle Pie just after 3:20 AM to a reported disturbance and two cars speeding from the scene. They found shell casings and a trail of blood.
Minutes later, a male suffering a gunshot wound to his shoulder and injuries to his leg arrived at Kaiser Permanente’s emergency room on 16th Ave E. He was stabilized and quickly rushed to Harborview. Police say the victim is a 21-year-old man.
According to East Precinct radio reports, a witness and friend of the victim said he had been shot by two males attempting a robbery in the 1000 block of E Union. According to the witness, two young, black males were attempting the hold-up when the victim resisted and both reportedly opened fire. Police have not confirmed they are investigating the incident as a robbery. UPDATE 3:53 PM: Police believe the shooting stemmed from an altercation between two groups and that the assailant and the victim knew each other from a previous run-in.
Police were looking for a red, four-door Volvo reported leaving the E Union scene.
Officers also detained the driver who delivered the victim to the E Thomas entrance of the hospital and were collecting evidence from the car after it and the driver were found waiting in the alley north of Kaiser.
SPD gang and homicide detectives were called to help investigate the incident.
The shooting follows at least two gunfire incidents reported around Capitol Hill over the weekend.
UPDATE 10:11 AM: Here is the preliminary SPD report on the shooting:
East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting early Wednesday morning in the 1000 block of East Union. The victim, a 21-year-old male, is being treated at Harborview Medical Center for non life-threatening injuries.
At approximately 3:20 am, officers responded to a report of a disturbance between two groups at that location. The disturbance quickly escalated into shots being fired. Officers arrived but the parties involved had all fled the area in cars. Officers did locate a scene and began to collect evidence from the shooting. As officers were still on the scene, information came in from a nearby urgent care facility that a gunshot victim had been dropped off at their doors, and that the vehicle had driven away.
Officers responded to the urgent care facility. The victim was later transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of his non life-threatening injuries. The vehicle the victim was transported in was located a short distance away and the driver was interviewed by officers. The vehicle appeared to have been damaged by gunfire, and was impounded for detectives to examine later. The driver of the vehicle was released after he was interviewed.
Gang Unit detectives will handle the follow up investigation.
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