According to police, there were multiple reports of shots fired near the 4400 block of South Willow Street shortly after 10 pm. Responding officers found the victim with a gunshot wound through his left ankle and heel, but no other evidence.
Seattle Fire Department transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) with non-life threatening injuries.
Officers were told by the victim and his friends that there was a disturbance between two groups of Asians when one male pulled out a ‘police’ style baton and another male pulled out a handgun. The two groups then split up. A short time later the victim and his friends were by the playfield when a vehicle, described as small, dirty, and boxy pulled around the corner and the passenger, an Asian male leaned out and fired several shots and then fled.
Meanwhile, in response to another assault nearby, other officers were dispatched to Rainier Avenue South and South Graham Street, where they found an Asian man who said that he was walking down the street in an “unknown” location and was struck in the head by an “unknown” man with a baton. According to police, the victim either could not or would not give any description or the location where the assault occurred. He, too, was transported to HMC with non-life threatening injuries.
While at HMC, the 13-yr-old shooting victim saw the second victim (male who was assaulted with baton) and informed officers that this male was one of the people involved in the earlier disturbance between the two groups of Asian males.
The assault victim was contacted again by officers and still would not provide information about the incident. Gang Unit Detectives responded to HMC to interview the second victim. Officers believe the two incidents are related. Officers believed that the 13-yr-old victim was not the intended target of the shooting.
This is an active and on-going investigation.