Shots Fired at Passing Car, Gun Recovered On Beacon Hill

Seattle Police recovered a handgun after two men were shot at while driving on North Beacon Hill. Around 6 p.m. on April 23rd, officers responded to a call  about 4 to 5 shots fired in the area of S Hanford St and 18 Ave S. Officers arrived minutes later and located the two victims of the attempted assault.

The two men said they had been driving on S Hanford St and missed a turn. When the driver put the car in reverse, they heard gunshots. The driver accelerated his car to flee the area and struck a parked car on S Hanford St. A single bullet hole was found in the victim’s driver’s side door but,  neither the driver nor his passenger were injured in the shooting or the collision.

Officers searched the area but did not locate any of the suspects. However a 9mm handgun was recovered in the 1700 block of S Hanford St and has been taken into evidence. Gang Unit detectives will be handling the investigation.

Vehicle Arson in North Seattle, Suspect in Custody

A man who deliberately set a pickup truck on fire in North Seattle late last night is in custody.

On April 19th at approximately 10:52 p.m. officers responded to reports of an arson to a vehicle in the 11300 block of Corliss Avenue North. Preliminary investigation indicates that three adult males and an adult female were gathered around the victim’s vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck. The adult male suspect and adult male victim got into an argument over the female. The suspect brandished a firearm and then squeezed a container full of an unknown accelerant into the pickup truck and lit it on fire. The suspect and female then fled the scene on foot.

The victim, a 28-year-old male, retrieved a fire extinguisher from a nearby resident and tried unsuccessfully to put out the fire. The victim then fled the scene on foot and remains at large.

Fire department personnel responded to the scene and put out the vehicle fire. Besides destroying the truck, the fire also damaged some electrical wires hanging above the truck (it is unknown if anyone lost power over the damaged electrical wires).

Based on information developed during the course of their investigation, officers were able to locate and stop a suspect vehicle, a Chrysler Concorde sedan, at North 115th Street and Aurora Avenue North. Both the primary suspect, a male in his 20′s, and the female from the original group of four were in the vehicle. The only subject out of the original group of four to remain at the scene of the vehicle arson was an adult male who was subsequently interviewed by responding officers. He was transported to the traffic stop location and positively identified the male suspect and female subject.

The suspect was placed under arrest and both he and the female subject were transported to the North Precinct to be interviewed.

Two other subjects in the Chrysler sedan, a male and female, were interviewed and released from the scene. The Chrysler was impounded and taken to the evidence garage.

Seattle Police Arson/Bomb Squad detectives responded to the scene and are handling the active and on-going investigation.

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.