One man was shot and another was taken into custody after at least 27 shots were fired inside a 1500 block Broadway parking structure early Sunday morning, SPD reports:
Detectives are investigating after a man was shot in the arm early Sunday morning on Capitol Hill.
Officers on patrol in the 1500 block of Broadway just before 4 a.m. Sunday morning heard multiple gunshots coming from a nearby parking garage. Officers quickly converged on the area and saw multiple cars leaving the area.
Witnesses began calling 911 and reporting that some people in a Chevy Tahoe may have been involved. Officers spotted that vehicle leaving the area and stopped it. The officers noticed bullet damage to the SUV and saw a handgun on the floorboard. The passenger, a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm, admitted to owning the gun. Officers placed the man in custody and booked him into King County Jail for the firearms violation. Officers impounded the Tahoe for further investigation.
While investigating, a man arrived at Harborview Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the arm, in a vehicle that was seen by witnesses fleeing the shooting scene. Officers spoke with the shooting victim and released him pending additional investigation.
Officers collected 27 shell casings of varying calibers from the garage. Homicide/Assault detectives will be conducting follow-up investigation as this case moves forward
According to East Precinct radio reports, one witness told police the gunfire broke out as around 50 people were fighting around 3:30 AM in the lower Harvard Market parking lot below the QFC at Broadway and Pike. Police arrived to find some fleeing on foot and reports of two vehicles speeding from the scene south on Broadway. A Chevy Tahoe described by witnesses matched the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier disturbance in the area, according to SPD radio. That SUV was stopped again at a First Hill gas station as police searched the area following the shooting. Police took one person from the vehicle into custody for a firearms violation.
Inside the parking structure, police found multiple shell casings and a nearly full .45 caliber magazine. Officers also found a large amount of blood in a stairwell and began sending units to nearby hospitals, according to SPD radio. The male with the gunshot wound arrived at Swedish First Hill minutes later and told staff he had been shot on Capitol Hill, according to radio dispatches.
Sunday morning’s shooting followed another Saturday afternoon at a 23rd Ave car wash in which shots were fired but fortunately there were no injuries reported.
Meanwhile, this is the third year in a row for a pulse of gun violence around Capitol Hill in November. In 2015, five people were injured in a drive-by shooting outside the QFC at Broadway and Pike. In 2016, 31-year-old Jacob Osborne-Bash was murdered in a shooting at 13 and Olive. That crime remains unsolved.