A man was shot and killed tonight following an argument in the 800 block of 32nd Ave South. According to police spokesman Jeff Kappel, a man got into an argument with three other men sitting in a parked car. At some point, the first man walked across the street to his home, retrieved a rifle, and came back out and shot the driver of the vehicle.
The victim died at the scene, suffering what was initially described as at least one gunshot wound to the head.
Witnesses reported that the suspect retreated to his residence in the 800 block of 32nd Ave following the shooting. A massive and heavily armed police response flooded the area, locking down streets for a couple of blocks in each direction, and resulting in a lengthy stand-off as they attempted to get the suspect to surrender. That stand-off continues as of 11:30pm.
As of right now, it’s not clear whether the suspect is or ever was in the home during the stand-off. Initial reports of movement inside the house ceased after a female left the home and was interviewed by police. Police used various SWAT tactics, including flash grenades, to try and end the stand-off.
The suspect is described as an 18 year old white male, 6′ tall, muscular build, blonde hair, wearing a black tank top and shorts. He is possibly associated with a tan 2001 Chrysler Voyager Minivan possibly associated with the suspect. Police consider the suspect to be armed and dangerous.
Update: The SWAT stand-off ended at 1:45am, more than 5 hours after the shooting. The house was found to be empty, with no sign of the suspect. Officers finally gained access to the house after firing a large number of flash grenades, smoke grenades, wooden dowels, and other devices at it over the course of several hours. The suspect is assumed to be at large, armed, and dangerous, possibly driving the tan van describe above.
Update x2 9:30am: As our awesome commenters pointed out below, the suspect has been caught in West Seattle, which last night we had heard was the home of his girlfriend. Commenter Steve even included pictures of the suspect’s van being towed away.
Seattle police have also provided an update on what started the whole thing. According to the SPD Blotter, the dispute between the suspect and the victim began earlier in the day at a park on Lake Washington Blvd, and escalated to the shooting when the victim drove by the suspect’s house later in the night. The suspect then grabbed an assault rifle and shot the victim in the back of the head.
SPD also characterizes the suspect’s mother as “uncooperative”, even though she had told them that the suspect was not in the house near the beginning of the lengthy stand-off.
Here’s our live breaking-news report:
8:33pm – “We’re getting a report of a shooting victim on the ground” – 800 block of 32nd Ave S
8:35pm – Police arrive – report of a man shot in the head by another man with an AK-47
Police are setting up containment. No suspect description yet.
The suspect may be inside a residence in the 700 block of 32nd Ave S. A door was shut on police.
Traffic and pedestrian access is being shut down on multiple blocks around the crime scene.
Suspect description 18 year old white male, 6′, muscular build, blonde hair, black tank top, shorts. Two other “grown adult” males possibly involved, only described as black males. Officers advised to “watch their backs” due to uncertainty of the whereabouts of the other two.
SWAT teams with serious ordnance are on the scene.
9:06pm – An area resident called 911 to report that she saw two black males exit a red eclipse shortly before the shooting, carrying something long covered in a blanket. That vehicle is now gone, and the plates given don’t match the vehicle description.