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The Today File

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July 31, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Man pleads not guilty to double shooting in Ballard

A man suspected of shooting his wife and another man in Ballard earlier this month pleaded not guilty this morning to three criminal charges.

Oscar Lee Taggart Jr., 37, is being held in King  County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. He is charged with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault.

The shooting happened at about 1:30 a.m. July 14 in an apartment in the 1100 block of Northwest 54th Street. The 16-year-old daughter of the woman who was shot told officers that a man had come to the apartment, opened fire on her mother and the other man and then fled. Earlier reports said the alleged gunman was the woman’s ex-boyfriend, but the prosecutor’s office said the shooter was the woman’s estranged husband.

The daughter gave police a description of the gunman and information about his vehicle, which was spotted at Northeast 50th Street near Interstate 5. Police pulled the suspect over a short time later and arrested him.

According to prosecutors, Taggart also pointed a gun at the teen girl, resulting in the second-degree assault charge.

Taggart’s next hearing is set for Aug. 7 at the King County Courthouse.

Gun  violence this year has rattled the city and prompted Mayor Mike McGinn to hold a town-hall meeting to talk about it. Police have increased patrols in hot-spot areas, and state and federal prosecutors promised prison time for criminals caught with guns.

There have been 22 homicides so far this year in Seattle, two more than in all of 2011. All but two of the killings have been by gunfire.

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