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May 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Alleged Folklife shooter ‘sorry’ bystander was hit

A 19-year-old  accused of shooting a man at the Folklife Festival told police he was “sorry that an innocent person got shot” after he fired at another man in self-defense, according to a Seattle police report released this morning by the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

A judge has ordered William A. Diaz held in lieu of $500,000 bail for investigation of assault. Diaz allegedly shot and wounded an innocent bystander in the leg near Seattle Center on Saturday night. Diaz had apparently been shooting at someone who had struck him in the head with a skateboard, according to the police report.

After the shooting, Diaz took off running across Seattle Center and was arrested inside the Center House building. Officers found a .22-caliber revolver in his pocket, according to the report. The gun had four empty casings and two live rounds in the cylinder, police said in their report.

Diaz told officers that he was walking alone when he was approached by a stranger who asked if he was from “Yaks” or “Yanks,” police said. When Diaz kept walking the man struck him in the head with a skateboard. Diaz said that he pulled out a gun and fired three or four times, according to the police report.

One of the bullets hit Ryan Burr, 33, in the leg. Burr was released from the hospital later that night.

Diaz said he ran away so he could find a police officer to help him.

Police said Diaz and the man who assaulted him with the skateboard are both gang members.

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