SEATTLE – Police say a Central District gang member has been arrested in connection with a running gunfight last month in Columbia City.
Witnesses said it looked like a scene in a movie on the busy Saturday morning when bystanders dove for cover as two men began shooting at one another. One of the suspects then chased the other eastbound on Ferdinand Street, and north through the alley as they both continued shooting.
According to Seattle Police Department (SPD), it was just before noon when numerous units responded to the 3800 block of South Ferdinand Street near Rainier Avenue South.
“[Michael] Justice opened fire on another man on Rainier Avenue S. and S. Ferdinand, following what witnesses described as a loud, profane argument,” wrote SPD spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee. “The second man returned fire, and more than a dozen people had to run for cover during the shootout. Amazingly, no one was injured in the incident.”
Four different cars and a house were hit and 15-16 shell casings were recovered from the area.
Apparently, police tracked Justice down after they tied him to a rental car spotted near the scene, and arrested him on assault and gun charges. The investigation into the shooting also spun off into another case, which led detectives to arrest Michael Justice’s brother, Charles, on drug and weapons charges.