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January 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Murder charge filed in West Seattle shooting

A first-degree murder charge was filed today against a 67-year-old man 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.

According to a probable-cause document outlining the police case, prior to the shooting Chambers and Hood were at the Feedback Lounge at 6314 California Ave. S.W. 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 is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 8 on the murder charge, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Hood had recently moved to Seattle from Florida.

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