Man shot in stomach overnight in Seattle's Central District; suspect detained

Police are investigating a shooting near Seattle's Central District neighborhood Tuesday night, Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News) 

SEATTLE - Police are investigating after a man was shot in the stomach Tuesday night while walking with a friend just a few blocks from Garfield High School.

Officers and medics responded to the scene, near 25th Avenue South and East Yesler Way, at about 10:30 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of shots fired, said Detective Patrick Michaud of the Seattle police.

A 32-year-old man was found at the scene with a gunshot wound to the stomach, said a Seattle Fire Department spokesperson. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.

The victim’s friend told police they were walking down the street when they heard several gunshots but didn’t know where they were coming from. The two men began to run away until the victim was struck by gunfire and fell to the ground, Michaud said.

While officers were searching the area for a suspect, a ride-share driver told officers that he was supposed to pick up a fare in the area and asked if it was OK to proceed. The officers waved the driver through while watching where he was going.

The officers then saw a man exit a nearby house and walk up to the driver before quickly going back inside. The driver returned to officers and told them the man didn’t want a ride until police left the area, Michaud said.

Officers approached the house and spoke to a woman who said a man claimed he was being shot at and needed shelter. The woman said she allowed the man into her home to wait until it was safe for him to leave.

Officers then searched where the man had been waiting and found a loaded 9mm handgun.

Officers detained the suspect, who is now being interviewed by gang unit detectives.

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