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SeaTac man hit by stray bullet while sleeping in bed has died

SEATAC, Wash. - An innocent man who was shot in the head by a stray bullet while sleeping in his own bed overnight in SeaTac has died.

Officials say the man was hit after a bullet fired from outside pierced the wall of his home, officials said. He was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to save him.

A man who came to the victim’s house identified himself as a dear friend of the 74-year-old. He said the victim was a father of two and a grandfather who fought in Vietnam. KOMO News is not identifying him right now to give the family time to be notified.

Police responded to the scene, near South 128th Street and 26th Avenue South, just past midnight on Thursday morning after receiving numerous reports of shots being heard in the neighborhood, said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.

One caller in the 12800 block of 26th Avenue South said their house had been struck multiple times by bullets.


When deputies arrived at the home they found shell casings on the ground in front of the house and bullet holes in the walls. No one was injured at the house.

Minutes later, police received another 911 call from the next door neighbor’s house saying a man had been shot in the head. Deputies ran to the house and found a 74-year-old man in bed with a gunshot wound to the head, West said.

Police believe a stray round from the shots next door went through the wall of the man's house and struck him as he slept. Medics arrived and rushed the man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries. He died a few hours later.


Detectives have not determined a motive for the shooting, or who may have been the target, but they don't believe it was the man who was hit. There is no suspect information at this time.

The investigation continues.

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