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August 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Did driver, 29, shoot himself in head and drive off?

Seattle police investigating an odd series of reports involving gunfire and car crashes in south Seattle believe they may be caused by a 29 year-old man who shot himself in the head … and then drove off.

At 10:25 p.m. on Friday, witnesses called 911 to report a single gunshot on the 5800 block of Oakhurst Avenue South, near the entrance of Seward Park, said Seattle police detective Mark Jamieson. A witness saw a driver get out of his car,  “stagger” around, then drive away north. Officers found a large pool of blood on the sidewalk on Oakhurst, then a saw two parked cars at Wilson Avenue South and South Orcas Street, two blocks away.

Officers soon found the driver leaning against his car at a third collision site, at Wilson and South Graham Street, about a half mile from original scene, Jamieson said. He was “unresponsive” to officers, but tried to get back in his car.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center and was reportedly in stable condition.

Officers investigating found a handgun in the man’s car.

It’s unclear what happened, but witnesses did not see anyone else nearby at the first scene, said Jamieson. “It looks like he shot himself,” said Jamieson. “That’s the only conclusion we can come to.”

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