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SPD investigating after one reported shot in gunfight involving security outside Capitol Hill’s Mint Lounge — UPDATE

A man was shot and one person was in custody after a gunfight outside Capitol Hill nightclub the Mint Lounge reportedly involving a patron and club security just before last call early Sunday.

According to radio updates, police were called to the area around the club at Pine and Minor just before 2 AM after reports of gunfire outside the venue. Arriving officers began closing down the street and marking off the area in front of the club to collect shell casings and evidence.

Meanwhile, a gunshot wound victim arrived at nearby Harborview around 2 AM. We do not have information on their condition.

Police reported one firearm was secured at the location and a person involved in the shooting was in custody. According to police radio updates, there was a reported exchange of gunfire involving club security as a patron was being ejected from the club.

Pine at Minor was closed to traffic during the police response.

The shooting is the latest in a string of near-2 AM gun violence in the area of Mint. In March, police were called to the street after reports of a dispute and threats of gun violence included a man reportedly shooting himself in the hand. In February, another shooting left shattered glass at a nearby restaurant, riddled parked vehicles with bullets, and sent bullets flying into nearby apartments. SPD typically responds with significant numbers of officers and emphasis patrol staff to the hot spot including this major response to a fight outside the club earlier this year.

UPDATE 1:20 PM: SPD’s brief on the incident confirms CHS’s reporting and adds new details. Police say both the security employee and the man who was shot were arrested for investigation of reckless endangerment.

On 06-05-2022 at 0142 hours, officers responded to a report of shots fired outside the Mint Lounge in the 1200 block of Pine St. Multiple other callers reported seeing a shooter running south bound. A suspect was described as a male in a black puffy jacket. Another caller reported a person down in the 1500 block of Minor Av. Officers located an involved person in the 1500 block of Minor who claimed he was shot at by the suspect (male in a puffy jacket) he was arguing with outside the night club. The male stated he was security for the club and that he returned fire at the suspect. Officers recovered a firearm from the security employee and located evidence of a shooting apparently from his firearm. Soon after initiating the investigation, a male fitting the description of the outstanding suspect, arrived at HMC with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He claimed he was shot “at the Lounge” by “security” but made no other statements. Officers did not locate a firearm or evidence of a shooting that may have come from the person who was shot. After interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence, and consulting with GVRU detectives, both subjects were charged with Reckless Endangerment. The security employee was booked to KCJ and the subject at HMC was CBO’d due to being admitted to the hospital.

 

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Little Saigon Resident
Little Saigon Resident
18 days ago

That place needs to just be shut down.

CD Rez
CD Rez
18 days ago

that place is a nuisance

Shut it down already
Shut it down already
18 days ago

How many more incidents like this have to happen related to this club before the city shuts it down? This place used to be great, back when it was The Baltic Room and Kid Mohair, but since it’s been Mint. it’s become a serious hazard to the people in the community and needs to go.

Little Saigon Resident
Little Saigon Resident
18 days ago

Baltic Room had the same problems Mint has.

cap_hill_rez
cap_hill_rez
18 days ago

I don’t know why either place was able to keep their liquor license. As many shootings and violence that has come out of that location their liquor license should be revoked permanently. I’m going to start sending messages to the LCB every time one of these articles gets posted. Hopefully if enough of us complain someone will actually do something. You can send a message to them here – https://lcb.wa.gov/contact

Mark
Mark
17 days ago

Came here to say this. That spot has always had problems.

Shut it down already
Shut it down already
17 days ago

Not when I used to go there (early 2000s), but I think they did change owners at some point.

Jacob
Jacob
17 days ago

They changed ownership at least 3 times since then, with each owner thinking they would be different, only to get the same results. I worked there from 2008-2017

Melrose
Melrose
16 days ago

There are more shots fired associate with this business than anywhere else on the Hill. Pull the liquor license and shut it down.