One person was reported hit in an early Sunday morning shooting in the 1000 block of E Pike.
Police and Seattle Fire units rushed to the scene just east of the Havana parking lot amid crowds of nightlife revelers in the heart of Pike/Pine. The incident was reported just after 1:30 AM. A suspect wearing a red hoodie was reported running from the scene.
The victim was reported by police to be a male in his 30s shot in the forearm who was “conscious and alert” at the scene.
UPDATE: Police say the suspect is a 24-year-old who reportedly opened fire in a dispute involving a former girlfriend:
Before 2 AM an angry ex-boyfriend found his former girlfriend with another ex-beau at 11 Ave and Pike Street on Capitol Hill. The confrontation escalated to the point where the incensed ex-boyfriend pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds, striking the victim in the arm.
It was not immediately known if a suspect who ran from state troopers near the Lakeview Blvd exit of I-5 minutes after the shooting was involved in the assault on E Pike. Police were searching the greenbelt around the area where the person who ran from troopers was apparently holed up in the tree-covered area. UPDATE 2:29 AM: One person found in the St. Mark’s greenbelt has been taken into custody in the Lakeview incident. Troopers have detained two additional people in the traffic stop.
Police were able to gather a suspect description and information about his possible identity from witnesses and the investigation at the shooting scene.
The incident follows weeks of extra patrols and the assignment of gang units to Pike/Pine to quells a late-summer crime spike in the area. Friday, SPD officials meeting with business owners and community members said that robberies and street violence had dropped following the emphasis patrols.
UPDATE 10/12/2014 7:30 AM: SPD says the suspect is in custody:
Officers have arrested the 24-year-old suspect from this morning’s shooting on Capitol Hill. Police arrested the suspect and recovered the handgun when he turned himself in to officers at the North Precinct.
Last nights shooting appears to have been the continuation of an incident in Snohomish County, where the suspect may be facing additional charges.
After interviewing him, officers booked the man into King County Jail on investigation of assault.
UPDATE 10/12/2014 2:55 PM: The 24-year-old is currently held for investigation of domestic violence assault. In 2012, the suspect pleaded guilty to fourth degree assault and vehicle prowling in a case in which a Bellevue police officer said the man spit on him after he was arrested for busting a light and breaking into a vehicle at a mall. In a request to have his 60-day sentence changed to work release, the man’s defense attorney wrote that he didn’t remember much of the night in the Bellevue incident and was suffering from “intoxicated delirium” and had consumed so much alcohol that he required care at the hospital where he spit on the police officer.