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August 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Man shot in Central District, has life-threatening injuries

Seattle Police investigate the area where a 41-year-old man was shot several times in the chest near MLK Way and Columbia. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

A 41-year-old man was shot several times in the chest just after 4 p.m. in Seattle’s Central District, according to the Seattle Fire Department. A relative identified the man as Frank Brown, and a friend said he also uses the name Omari.

He’s been taken from the shooting scene near East Columbia Street and 27th Avenue to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries according to SFD spokeswoman Lt. Sue Stangl.

People at the scene said the man was conscious and talking when he was taken to the hospital, however he is listed in critical condition at Harborview, according to spokeswoman Susan Gregg.

A 911 caller reported six to 10 shots being fired at the scene, according to the Seattle Police Department. Police also said the gunman may know the victim and are still searching for the suspect. Gang detectives are investigating the shooting.

Seattle police described the suspect as a black male, mid-20s to early 30s, 5-foot-7 and heavy set. Though the suspect initially fled on foot, some witnesses said they saw a silver, gold or tan mid-90s Ford sedan speed off from near the shooting scene, said  SPD Capt. Ron Wilson.

Alex Kostelnik said he knows the victim, as Omari, because he’s a frequent customer at his Central District shop 20/20 Cycle.

“He’s a super nice guy who knows everyone in the neighborhood, but he’s got strong opinions,” Kostelnik said. “I could see him putting up a fight.”

Omari has told Kostelnik that he’d been shot before, he said.

Neighbors crowded near the shooting scene distraught that another daytime shooting had taken place just a block from where a Madrona father of two, Justin Ferrari, was fatally shot at the end of May.

“I’m getting really tired of this–this is happening way too much,” said Ken Bolser,50, who lives near Brown’s home. Bolser, father of a 5-year-old daughter, said he and several other neighbors are worried about how much they should be allowing their kids to play outside even in broad daylight.

Kostelnik said he’s also getting more worried about being in the neighborhood as the sounds of several rounds popping off at a time become more familiar.

“At this point, with just the sheer amount of bullets flying, the odds of getting shot are …” Kostelnik said, then just shuddered.

 

Watch video of Seattle police Capt. Ron Wilson describing the scene below.

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