Seattle police say the man who was shot this morning near Ravenna Park was apparently targeted.He has been taken to Harborview Medical Center with what police describe as life-threatening wounds.
The 57-year-old victim was standing in the 2600 block of Northeast 55th Street around 8:30 a.m. when two people drove up in a dark sedan, according to Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. One man got out of the car and shot the victim several times, he said.
The man then got back in the car and the pair drove off.
“This was not a robbery, this was a straight attack,” said Whitcomb, who didn’t want to say whether the victim lived nearby. He also said police couldn’t go into more detail about why they think the man was targeted.
The victim was heading to work at Mannings & Son Upholstery, just a couple small shops down from their apartment on 27th Avenue Northeast, when the shooting happened. The owner of the upholstery shop, Theron Webb, said the victim has worked for them about 10 years on and off, and that his son was recently brought on staff to learn his father’s trade.
Eric Paulus, who owns Eric’s Garage across the street from the crime scene, said he and a customer were drive-testing a car when they heard the shots, hid behind another vehicle and called 911. At least one of the five rounds Paulus said he heard being fired in quick succession struck a white Chevrolet van parked outside the upholstery shop.
“Not the best shot because some of the rounds went down the street and hit a parked car,” Whitcomb said of the shooter. “It’s a dangerous situation because it’s 8:30 in the morning, it’s a busy street, you’ve got people driving to work, taking their kids to school.”