Shots Fired, Man With Gun & Warrants Arrested in the Central District

Officers arrested an 18-year-old man and located two handguns after responding to 911 calls of shots fired in the Central District last night.

On April 18th at approximately 7:29 p.m. officers responded to the area of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street for reports of shots fired and cars speeding out of the area. A witness reported seeing a black male suspect dump a gun in some bushes and walk away accompanied by a black female. Officers stopped the two subjects and Gang Unit detectives responded to assist with the interviews. 

Officers conducted an area search and located a handgun in some bushes nearby. 

The female subject denied hearing any gunshots or seeing a gun. She was identified and released pending further investigation. 

The male subject was identified and arrested once several active warrants were located. In a search of his person incident to arrest another handgun was found on him.

The 18-year-old male suspect was subsequently booked into the King County Jail on multiple charges.

No victims and no property damage were located.


UPDATE: Shooting in the Central District is now a Homicide

The shooting from early this morning is now officially a homicide investigation.

The 24-year-old male victim transported to Harborview Medical Center died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the shooting.

There is no suspect information available at this time.

The Seattle Police Department does not identify nor confirm the identity of deceased persons.

For inquiries into the identity of the deceased please call the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

This remains an active and on-going homicide investigation.


The suspect(s) remain at large after a man was discovered shot in the chest in the Central District early this morning.

On April 19th at approximately 2:35 a.m. officers responded to the 2200 block of East Union Street for 911 reports of multiple shots fired. Additional calls to 911 reported someone had been shot. Officers arrived on scene and discovered an adult male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest lying on the sidewalk outside of a residence. A woman associated with the victim was standing nearby who claimed to have found the victim and subsequently called 911. She did not however, see the events that lead up to the shooting. Officers located shell casings in the vicinity of the victim that were collected up and placed into evidence for further forensic analysis.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the victim, a man believed to be in his 20′s, to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, there is no suspect or suspect vehicle description available at this time.

Homicide/Assault, CSI and Gang Unit detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of the suspect(s) is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide/Assault Unit at (206) 233-5000 and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.