Police: Driver survives near miss with shotgun-wielding man

SEATTLE -- A few inches to the left, and a driver likely wouldn't have escaped an attack from a shotgun-wielding man last Thursday in Yesler Terrace, according to the Seattle Police Department.

An officer was driving near East Yesler Way and 16th Avenue around 10:15 p.m. when he was flagged down by the victim, who said someone had just shot out his car's window with a shotgun.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim's rear window on the driver's side was broken out, and there was a large bullet hole in the post between the front and rear window. The shot appeared to be only inches away from hitting anyone who happened to be sitting in the driver's seat and was about level with the headrest.

The victim told officers he picked up a female friend he has known for a few weeks and drove her to her mother's house at 10th Avenue East and East Yesler Way. His friend told him to wait in the car for a few minutes while she was in her mother's house.

While the victim was waiting, a man he only knows as "Ultra" walked up to the car and asked the victim, "Did you say '[expletive] you?'" according to the report. The victim said he didn't say anything and was about to drive off when the suspect reportedly pointed a shotgun at him from only a few feet away.

According to the report, the victim heard a shot, and drove away quickly. When officers found him, he had cuts to his upper back, possibly from a shotgun round or shards of broken window, and would later go to the hospital for treatment.

The victim told officers the suspect is a friend of the woman he was driving around and might be mad about seeing them together. He said he believes the suspect got his phone number from the woman and has been calling him, though he hasn't answered. The suspect would reportedly call him again later that night while he was at the hospital.

Officers eventually found the woman at a friend's house. According to the report, she told officers the suspect has been obsessed with her after they dated for a short time and won't leave her alone.

According to the report, she said she saw the suspect hanging around her mother's house when she and the victim pulled up. When she came out of the house and saw the victim was gone, she figured the suspect had run him off.

The suspect is homeless and hangs around Pioneer Square, often with a gun on him, according to the report. Officers got his full name but were unable to find him at the time. They transferred the case to the Gang Unit to follow up on.