Just before 11:45 PM, an employee reported the gunfire as the suspect sped away in reverse before fleeing southbound on 15th Ave E. Police were searching for a silver or grey
crossover type SUV hatchback.
Police had taped off E Republican and were collecting evidence at the scene, interviewing witnesses, and looking for possible video from security cameras in the area still busy with holiday nightlife revelers. Shattered glass was piled below the front door of the small pot shop across from larger competitor Uncle Ike’s as a Ruckus security guard was interviewed by police.
UPDATE: According to police, the male suspect entered Rucks and pointed a gun at employees, demanding money. The suspect also filled a bag with products from behind the counter, police say. The suspect reportedly then tried to flee the store, leaving behind the bag of cash. “The employees immediately locked the front door, but the suspect returned, attempting to get back in,” SPD reports. “When the suspect could not open the doors, he pulled out his gun and fired several times at the door.”
We don’t know more about the employee’s reported injury. Seattle Fire left the scene nearly the minute they arrived. UPDATE: SPD says the employee sustained a minor injury to his hand.
There were no details available about what was taken in the hold-up. Police had a suspect and vehicle description to work with and were reviewing video from the business. There were no immediate arrests.
UPDATE 12/30/19: SPD says there is more to the Ruckus incident:
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