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May 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Man charged in last weekend’s Seattle Center shooting

A 19-year-old alleged gang member was charged today with second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting last weekend at Seattle Center that left one man wounded.

William Anthony Diaz, of Seattle, told police that he was walking alone in the 400 block of Broad Street on Saturday when he was approached by a stranger who asked if he was from “Yaks” or “Yanks,” according to a police report. The question was in apparent reference to Yakima. When Diaz kept walking, the man struck him in the head with a skateboard, the report saidDiaz said he pulled out a gun and fired three or four times.Bystander Ryan Burr was hit in the right leg by a bullet. He was treated at Harborview Medical Center and released that day.

After officers chased Diaz down, he said he had been running “so he could find a cop,” the police report said. 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 Diaz had a large wound to his left eyebrow, an injury that was treated at Harborview before he was taken to the King County Jail.

Police have not located the man with the skateboard and would like to talk to him, police spokeswoman Renee Witt said earlier this week.

Authorities say Diaz belongs to the Little Valley Lokote gang.

Diaz, who is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, will be arraigned on June 14.

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