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August 31, 2012 at 9:52 PM

SPD: Shooting victim hospitalized with life-threatening injuries

Jimmy Lovaas / Special to The Seattle Times

A suspect is at large tonight after he shot a man multiple times at a red light at the intersection of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street.

Police spokesman Detective Jeff Kappel writes in the department’s blog, SPD Blotter,  that the shooting took place at around 7:26 p.m., and the victim is in his 40s.

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Kappel wrote.

Witnesses said they saw a silver BMW convertible pull up next to the victim’s car, then five shots were fired into the victim’s vehicle, hitting the driver multiple times.

Kevin Watts said he was stopped at the same stoplight with two friends when he heard what he thought were firecrackers and someone loudly gunning an engine. But then, Watts said, he saw the suspect put something down on his seat and speed off before the light turned green, almost hitting another vehicle in the process.

“We didn’t know someone got shot,” Watts said. “So, I took off after him, and we tried to follow him, but we lost sight so we decided to turn around and come back. We walked over and we noticed that there was a lot of blood, and a lady was working on him [the victim].”

He said the man was shot once in the throat, once in the head, and once in the chest. He also said he believes the lady was a nurse who is a caretaker at the nearby home of an elderly couple. One of the stray bullets struck that home, but police said nobody inside was injured.

Watts said neither he nor his friends were able to get a license-plate number on the silver BMW.

Kappel said the suspect or suspects have not been apprehended. He said Gang Unit detectives and detectives from homicide are investigating.

 Seattle Times staff contributed to this report. Jimmy Lovaas is with The Daily of the University of Washington

 

 

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