Police still looking for gunman, victim in hookah bar shooting
KENT, Wash. - Police are still searching for the gunman and the victim involved in a shooting at a hookah bar in Kent Friday night
It happened just after 9 p.m. at the hookah lounge on 104th Avenue Southeast, near South 240th Street
Witnesses told KOMO News they heard shots and saw the gunman chase a man into the hookah bar. At least two bullets pierced the windows of the bar, and police say it appears shots were fired inside and outside the building.
This is the same hookah lounge where a 19-year-old man was shot in early June. And last month, officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly violated a no-contact order inside Hookah Bar, then tried to flee in a car, dragging an officer and K-9 in the process.
Several owners, managers and employees of businesses in the same strip mall voiced concerns Saturday about the violent incidents outside Hookah Bar. Some say it’s not only a safety concern, but it’s also driven away customers.
Tony was working at a business nearby when he heard the shots fired Saturday.
“It was just insane. It was just entirely too close for comfort,” Tony said, adding “What is going on that causes this type of violence at a hookah lounge?”
Kent Police tell KOMO News they have spoken with the owner of the Hookah Bar before about violence around the location, but they couldn’t say what came out of those conversations.
A man who said he is the manager of the Hookah Bar said the business is planning to hire security for the front of the lounge and that it has banned customers who have caused trouble. The goal, he said, is to make the bar safer.
Friday's incident marks the second shooting at a hookah lounge this week.
Two people were sent to the hospital after shots were fired at a hookah lounge in Renton early Monday morning.