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September 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Man shot as witnesses tackle holdup suspect in downtown Seattle

A 35-year-old man was shot in the arm this morning when he tried to tackle a man suspected of robbing a jewelry store at Westlake Center, Seattle police said.

Other witnesses were able to tackle the gunman and hold him for police, according to Deputy Chief Nick Metz.

The shooting was reported about 10:30 in the 600 block of Stewart Street.

The Seattle Fire Department said the wounded man has been taken to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition. He reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. His wound is not considered life-threatening, Metz said.

Metz said the gunman robbed the Express Jewelers, located on the second floor of  Westlake Center, and fired a gunshot. He ran outside the mall and was spotted by a security guard for the Mayflower Park Hotel, who tried to stop him. The security guard was shot.

Jarome Neil said he was walking west of Stewart Street when he heard gunshots. The 12-year Army veteran immediately ducked, he said. He then saw several men chasing the gunman, and he joined them.

“I got him in a headlock and took him to the ground and put my knee on his neck,” Neil said.

He said the gunman was wearing a rubber mask.

A man who answered the phone at the jewelry store declined to comment. There are no reports of anyone being shot inside the store.

More details will be posted when information is released.

— Times staff reporter Jennifer Sullivan contributed to this report

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