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January 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Today is charging deadline in West Seattle homicide

Today is the deadline for prosecutors to charge a 67-year-old felon in connection with a fatal shooting late Saturday outside a West Seattle bar.

The motive for the shooting is unclear.

Lovett James Chambers was booked into King County Jail early Sunday on investigation of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. The assault charge was upgraded to investigation of homicide after the victim, Michael Hood, 26, died, jail records show.

According to the probable-cause document outlining the police case, Chambers was a regular at the Feedback Lounge at 6314 California Ave. S.W., and Hood was also a patron. Witnesses told police that on Saturday night there was no obvious fight or confrontation between the men, though they reported seeing Chambers “glaring” at Hood, the document says.

When Hood left the bar just before 10 p.m., Chambers followed him outside and approached Hood aggressively, the document says.

According to witnesses, Hood picked up a shovel to defend himself against Chambers, who pulled a handgun and allegedly shot Hood four times in the chest, the document says.

The witnesses saw Chambers leave the scene in a BMW, and they gave officers the license-plate number, the document says. Officers found Chambers at his house, and arrested him, it says. They also found .45-caliber shell casings at the shooting scene.

The officers who went to Chambers’ house obtained a warrant and took the gun into evidence, the document says.

Chambers has prior convictions for kidnapping, rape and several armed robberies, the probable-cause document says. He remains in King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Hood had recently moved to Seattle from Florida.

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