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May 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Lunch line argument ends in stabbing at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission

Update 2:47 p.m.

Seattle police say the stabbing at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission came after two men got into an argument over their place in the lunch line.

The 55-year-old suspect fled the building at 318 Second Avenue South, but was detained by witnesses outside, police said. Officers recovered a knife from the scene.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

This is the second time since October that an argument in the mission’s lunch line erupted into violence.

Original post.

Seattle police are investigating a stabbing at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission in Pioneer Square.

Police spokesman Patrick Michaud said one person has been arrested. He said early reports indicate that witnesses held the alleged assailant for police.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman said a 40-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach. Moore said the man was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Last fall, Seattle police were called to the Union Gospel Mission after an elderly man shot another man.

Roger Mize, 82, was arrested Oct. 30 after Darren “Jerome” Nelson, 45, was shot twice just before noon as both men were lining up in the Pioneer Square mission for lunch, according to Seattle police. The two were among the 70 or so men waiting to be let into the cafeteria when they apparently began arguing over money, shelter staff and police said.

The shooting was believed to be the first ever at the mission, which is more than 80 years old.

After his arrest, Mize told police that Nelson had tried to assault and rob him. Police released him a short time later “pending further investigation,” police said.

Police determined that Mize was acting in self-defense. Nelson survived.

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