Police make arrest in shootout at MLK and Norman, woman struck in leg – UPDATE: 2nd suspect turns himself in

One woman was injured and a suspect arrested following a late-night shootout at MLK and S Norman Street.

The woman was struck in the leg, and police found her in a nearby construction site with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police arrested a suspect they say was with one other person firing east across MLK at another group. No suspects in the other group were located. (UPDATE: A second suspect turned himself in. See below for more details)

Details from the SPD Blotter:

Officers have one suspect in custody and continue to look for others in what appears to be an exchange of gunfire across MLK.

On May 19th at approximately 11:53 p.m. officers responded to 911 calls of multiple shots fired in the 2800 block of South Norman Street.  A witness saw two suspects hiding in a driveway shooting eastbound across MLK Jr. Way South.  Both suspects then fled westbound on foot.  Additional calls of shots fired then came in to police dispatch.  

Responding officers located an adult female victim with a gunshot wound to the leg.  Officers found her hiding in a construction site south of MLK Jr. Way South and South Charles Street.  She was uncooperative with investigating officers about the events that led up to her getting shot.

Fire department medics responded to the victim’s location and transported her to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers located an adult male suspect (one of the suspects from the driveway on S. Norman St.) near 26th Avenue South and South Dearborn Street.  He was taken into custody without further incident.

Canine officers backtracked the route used by that suspect and located a handgun that is believed to be the one used by the suspect.  The gun will be submitted into evidence for further forensic analysis.  The second suspect that was with this suspect (shooting from the driveway) remains at large.  A description for suspect #2 is unavailable at this time.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the two suspects were possibly shooting at another group of suspects that were located on the east side of MLK Jr. Way South.  All of the suspects from the other group (on the east side of MLK Jr. Way South) remain at large.  There is no suspect descriptions available for them at this time.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.


Just before 2:00 AM this morning, the second suspect called 911 from Tukwila.  He stated that he was the registered owner of the handgun police had recovered from the scene and was involved in the shooting.  Seattle Police requested that Tukwila Police respond to the location the suspect was calling from and take him into custody.  The 26-year-old suspect was taken into custody by Tukwila Police and then transported to Seattle’s East Precinct, where he was interviewed by investigators.  Following the interview, the suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault. This remains an active and on-going investigation.

4 thoughts on “Police make arrest in shootout at MLK and Norman, woman struck in leg – UPDATE: 2nd suspect turns himself in

  1. There were about 20 shots fired back and forth in rapid succession following a verbal argument across MLK. I live next door to the driveway where the one shooter was firing east across MLK. It was a crazy night. I’m pretty new to the neighborhood and this is definitely “different”.

  2. Nice, the Central District is turning into a war zone. Neighborhood patrols anyone? Let’s push this trash out.

  3. We just moved from 32nd and Charles to Judkins and Yamhill Ave South – it seems like there was a recent ‘gunfight’ at 25th and Norman with a fatality. Can patrols be increased in the area. Just asking…