An argument between two men in Belltown early Monday morning ended when one shot the other near Bell Street and Second Avenue, Seattle police said. The wounded man ran down Bell Street before collapsing at First Avenue.
The shooting occurred shortly before 3 a.m., said Mark Jamieson, a police spokesman. Several shots were fired. The wounded man was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
KING-TV reports a homeless veteran is being credited for saving the life of the wounded man. The homeless man, known as Staff Sgt. Royal, is a 10-year Army man and a veteran of the first Gulf War.
Blood was still visible on the sidewalk on the south side of Bell Street on Monday morning.
One of the bullets apparently pierced the window of Bedlam, a coffee shop on Second Avenue, which had a hole in the “D” of “BEDLAM” on its window.
“I swept up the bullet,” said Ben Borgman, the owner. He picked it out of a dustpan after finding his café covered in police tape when he arrived around 5:30 a.m., he said. It appeared to have ricocheted off the ceiling, he said.
The shooting was the seventh near the cafe since Borgman opened it three years ago, he said. He hadn’t expected crime would be so high.
“I knew it was a bar neighborhood,” he said, “but not every bar neighborhood in the city is so violent.”
Police did not yet have a good description of the suspect.
The victim sustained life-threatening injuries.
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