Woman injured in shootout across MLK Jr. Way; 2 arrested

SEATTLE - Officers have two suspects in custody and continue to look for others after a woman was wounded in a shootout across Martin Luther King Jr. Way in South Seattle, police said.

Officers responded to the scene, in the 2800 block of South Norman Street, at about 11:55 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports of multiple shots fired, said Detective Jeff Kappel of the Seattle police.

A witness reported seeing two suspects hiding in a driveway shooting toward the east across Martin Luther King Jr. Way South. Both suspects then fled to the west on foot.

Additional calls of shots fired then came in to police dispatch.

Responding officers located a woman with a gunshot wound to the leg. Officers found her hiding in a construction site south of MLK Jr. Way South and South Charles Street. She was uncooperative with investigating officers about the events that led up to her getting shot, Kappel said.

Medics treated the woman at the scene and took her to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers later found a suspect believed to be involved in the shootout near 26th Avenue South and South Dearborn Street. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Police dogs backtracked the route used by that suspect and found a handgun that is believed to be the one used by the suspect. The gun was retrieved for forensic analysis, Kappel said.

Just before 2 a.m. Monday, the second suspect called 911 from Tukwila and said he was the registered owner of the handgun police had recovered from the scene and was involved in the shooting.

Tukwila police responded to the location the suspect was calling from and took him into custody. The 26-year-old suspect was then transported to Seattle, where he was interviewed by investigators and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

A preliminary investigation found that the two suspects were possibly shooting at another group of people on the east side of MLK Jr. Way South. All of the people from that other group remain at large, and there are no descriptions available for them at this time.

The investigation continues.