January 23, 2013 at 5:34 AM
Bullet through wall wounds man in SeaTac
One of at least three gunshots that pierced through several walls hit a young man playing video games in a SeaTac fourplex Tuesday night, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The man, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center, is expected to recover from the gunshot wound in his back, said Deputy Travis DeFries.
Reports of shots fired in the 4600 block of South 189th Street came in around 10 p.m., according to DeFries. He said detectives suspect the shots came from a high-powered firearm because bullets flew through several walls including a laundry room before entering a bottom unit with at least five people inside.
No one at the scene said they caught a glimpse of any possible suspects, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives took a K-9 unit through a motel across the street from the fourplex to sniff out any possible leads, but didn’t find any, DeFries said.
It’s unknown at this point whether the shooting was random or targeted, said DeFries. What is known is that the shooting scene could have easily been more tragic for the victim and the friends he was visiting that night.
“If that shot landed just a couple inches over, it could have paralyzed him, pierced his heart, a number of things,” DeFries said. “That no one’s worried about whether he’s going to make it is in itself a miracle.”
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