This time, a man and his friend were walking near 42nd Avenue South and South Thistle Street around 10 pm Monday when police say they were “ambushed” by a gun-wielding suspect who shot one of the men in the arm. His friend, a 25-year old man, escaped injury.
“The victims told police that they were walking down S. Thistle when they were caught in a hail of gunfire,” wrote Seattle Police Department spokesman Mark Jamieson. “Witnesses told officers they saw a lone black male, about 19 years old, shooting towards Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. from the intersection of 43rd and S. Thistle. Witnesses stated they saw about five people running back toward MLK and that the suspect fled north on 43rd Avenue S.”
He added that officers recovered a 9mm handgun and several shell casings in the area.
The incident comes just two days after a running, mid-day shoot-out in Columbia City that had people ducking for cover as two men exchanged gunfire while running through the popular business district, and several months after SPD asked for the public’s help in fighting a sharp rise in violent crime that they called a “public safety emergency.”