Man shot after alcohol-fueled dispute at W. Seattle apartment

SEATTLE - A man shot his acquaintance in the leg after an alcohol-fueled dispute early Sunday at a West Seattle apartment, police said.

Officers responded to the scene, an apartment complex in the 3200 block of SW Avalon Way, at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a shooting, said Detective Jeff Kappel of the Seattle police.

A preliminary investigation found that a 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old man who are acquaintances were intoxicated and got into a dispute with a third man at the entrance to the apartment building.

During the dispute, the third man punched the 25-year-old, and the 26-year-old went back to his own apartment.

The 25-year-old followed his acquaintance back to his apartment to confront him. But when they reached the apartment, the 26-year-old retrieved a pistol from the bedroom and shot his acquaintance in the leg, Kappel said.

The victim then ran out of the apartment calling for help, and a passer-by called 911.

Officers knocked on the 26-year-old's door and he surrendered without incident. He was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault. Police recovered the handgun used in the shooting, along with a spent shell casing and bullet fragments lodged in the carpet.

The 25-year-old victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of a non-life-threatening bullet wound to the lower leg.