A 38-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times in front of his Beacon Hill home in Seattle this evening, according to the Seattle Police Department.
A male suspect shot the man at the house in the 2400 block of South Columbian Way around 5:40 p.m., according to police. Police said he fled eastbound on foot. Police initially said witnesses saw the suspect flee in a small black car driven by someone else, but it is now unknown if the car was involved, said police spokesman Jeff Kappel. No suspect description was available, he said.
Edmund Fronda, 63, said he’d just gotten home from work when he heard the shots from his kitchen. A few feet away was a view of the crime scene across the street from his dining room window, but he had no idea what happened until police and helicopters swarmed the neighborhood.
“I just thought – ‘Whoa!’ I’ve lived here since 1984 and I’ve never seen anything like this happen,” Fronda said.
Fronda and his step-son, Donnie Constantino, 49, said their neighborhood is usually a quiet and safe one. Neither said they had noticed any violence or arguing at nearby houses before.
“This is all new to us and way too close to home,” Constantino said. “This is really scary and we hope and pray the guy is going to be okay.”
In the past two weeks, six people have been injured or killed by gunfire in Seattle. On Jan. 22, a man was shot in the stomach in Belltown. On Jan. 27, a doorman and woman inside of Central District’s Twilight Exit bar were shot and injured by a man Seattle police later shot and killed. On Friday, a man was shot and injured in a South Seattle Safeway parking lot.
The last person killed in a non-officer related shooting in Seattle was 26-year-old Jamie Turner on Oct. 4. He was found dead in the driver’s seat of a blue Buick Le Sabre near Pritchard Island Beach.
Seattle police ask anyone with more information on the Beacon Hill shooting or a possible suspect to call 911.