A security guard shot and critically injured a man who pulled a gun during a fight in a Central District parking lot on Tuesday evening, according to Seattle police.
The shooting took place just after 7 p.m. outside a Starbucks at the corner of 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street, said police spokesman Detective Jeff Kappel.
But police spent the evening trying to piece together exactly what happened by scouring a scene that included the victim’s gun, a half dozen shell casings and a pair of bright, light-blue shoes.
Kappel said that authorities believe the uniformed security guard, contracted to work with several businesses in the area, was trying to break up a fight in the parking lot when one of the fighters pointed a gun at him. The guard then apparently shot the man in the torso twice, sending him to the ground and the others fleeing.
The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Kappel said. The guard and another witness were being questioned.
Kappel declined to release any information about the victim, guard or witness.
He said that police weren’t sure how many people were involved in the fight or how many of the shell casings in the area were related to Tuesday’s incident.
“We’re in our infancy on this thing,” Kappel said. “There’s so much we don’t know.”
Greg Beavers, who lives down the block from the shooting scene, said he tries to avoid leaving his home at night.
The 51-year-old said that a daytime shooting, like Tuesday’s, is especially scary.
“I fear for what this area’s gonna be,” he said.