The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office says yesterday’s shooting at the East Bremerton Fred Meyer stemmed from the alleged gunman surreptitiously videotaping the victim and his girlfriend.
The victim, 35, is homeless and lives in his vehicle with his girlfriend, the Sheriff’s Office said. The couple had gone to the store yesterday and as they were walking out they noticed that a man was in a parked van and videotaping them with some sort of recording device, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The victim approached the man to ask why he was videotaping him. However, he told deputies the man in the van pulled out a gun and shot him in the neck, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The victim later told deputies that the man never said anything to him but appeared to be angry.
After being shot, the victim ran and the second man left his vehicle and fired at him twice more, striking him in his arm. The man then returned to his van where he was arrested by responding deputies, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The victim was treated for wounds to his neck and arm at Tacoma General Hospital and released last night.
The suspect, a 40-year-old Bremerton man, has refused to make a statement to investigators and has been booked into the Kitsap County Jail investigation of first-degree assault, the Sheriff’s office said. Deputies also seized a handgun.
It’s unclear why the alleged gunman was videotaping the homeless couple, but deputies said they appear to be strangers.