A 19-year-old man who was critically wounded in a shooting in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood last weekend has died from his injuries.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Tilahun M. Alemayehu. Alemayehu, who was shot just after 3 a.m. July 14 near 10th Avenue and Pine Street, died Thursday at Harborview Medical Center from multiple gunshot wounds, according to death investigators.
A 19-year-old South Seattle man was arrested in connection with the shooting and originally ordered held on $500,000 bail for investigation of first-degree assault and first-degree attempted murder, but jail records show he was released from custody on Wednesday. He has not been charged in connection with the shooting, according to court records.
Five young men, who were in court last week at the King County Jail to support the suspect, said outside the courtroom that the suspect and the wounded man were good friends who had attended another friend’s college-graduation party Saturday night, then drove to Capitol Hill together. The five men, who asked not to be named, expressed doubt that the 19-year-old had shot Alemayehu, who was found lying in the street in front of a white Cadillac.
At the time, King County District Court Judge Arthur Chapman barred the media from photographing the man’s face because of concerns about his identity as the shooter.
According to the probable cause statment outlining the police case, police said the man admitted his .40-caliber handgun was used in the shooting, but in a later interview with detectives, he said someone else had shot his friend and that he picked up a discarded handgun before leaving the area.
Officers found .40-caliber shell casings at the scene, it says.