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October 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Man sleeping inside car shoots car prowlers, police say

Two men were shot early Saturday morning after one of them broke into a parked car with a sleeping man inside.

Police say one of the alleged car prowlers entered the parked car just after midnight near Rainier Avenue South and South Plum Street, startling a man sleeping inside. Grabbing his gun, the startled man chased the alleged car prowler, shooting at him as he ran and continued shooting as the prowler got into a waiting car.  The two prowlers then drove off, but ditched that car not far away as officers arrived on scene, police say.

Upon arrival, officers say they found the 63-year-old gunman as well as the 21-year-old who had been at the wheel of the get-away car.  The 21-year-old had a gunshot wound to his back, and was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Swedish Hospital later called police to report that they were treating another 21-year-old man with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg, who officers later identified as the man suspected of originally breaking into the 63-year-old’s car.

Police recovered the revolver used in the shooting and impounded a car riddled with bullet holes.

The older man was arrested because police said the shooting “surpassed the scope of self-defense.” He was booked into King County Jail on investigation of assault.

The two alleged car prowlers are both in the hospital and charges may come at a later date, said Officer Drew Fowler of the Seattle Police Department.

“The primary concern is dealing with the potentially deadly assault,” he said.

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