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Police arrest man who shot at car-prowler, car

SEATTLE -- The Seattle police arrested a 63-year-old man who shot repeatedly at two men who allegedly broke into the man's van as he slept inside.

It all began just after midnight Saturday morning when a man busted the driver's side window of a van parked behind a 7-Eleven at 2009 Rainier Ave. S.

However, a 63-year-old man was sleeping inside and confronted the man.

"A man who lives in his van was in his van when a man tried to prowl it," Captain Neil Low with the Seattle Police Department said.

The robber ran toward the passenger side of his waiting getaway car in front of the 7-Eleven as the victim grabbed his revolver and followed, opening fire on the robber and his driver.

The robber was wounded in the leg as he got into the car and then the two tried to speed away but the victim kept firing, eventually striking the driver in the back. The wounded passenger was able to get out and flag down another car and leave the scene.

The wounded driver drove a bit farther but ended up crashing into some bushes. He tried to run away on foot but only got a few blocks before he collapsed, police said. Medics and officers found him at Rainier Ave. S. and S. Grand Street and he was taken to a local hospital but was expected to recover, police said.

The second robber was driven by a woman to Swedish Medical Center, police said. Investigators said the two did not know each other.

The man who fired the shots waited outside the convenience store and surrendered his gun when officers arrived. Officers later said they arrested the man, who was not immediately named, because his response to the break-in went beyond self-defense, as he continued to shoot at the two men as they were fleeing the scene. He's been booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

The van was towed away for evidence.

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