Shooting, Armed Robbery in South Seattle

Officers are looking for a suspect who shot a man in the hand during an armed robbery this morning in South Seattle.

At approximately 10:53 a.m. officers responded to a shooting near 46th Avenue South and South Henderson Street.  According to the involved parties, the adult male victim and his friend had gone to a nail salon and broke a $100.00 bill.  They left the salon and walked eastbound in the alley to the north of the 4500 block of South Henderson Street.  Three unknown male suspects approached the victim and his friend and asked the victim if he could break a $100.00 bill.  The victim acknowledged he could and the two groups of men decided to walk to a stairwell to exchange money.  At that point the primary suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded all of the victim’s money.  The victim grabbed a hold of the suspect and the suspect’s gun discharged, striking the victim in the right hand.  The suspect grabbed the victim’s backpack (containing his money) and ran off westbound with the other two suspects.  The victim and his friend, who was not injured, ran off southbound.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the victim, a 30-year-old man, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The primary suspect is described as a black male, medium-skinned, 5’5″ tall, thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black North Face jacket, and carrying the victim’s large black backpack.  No description was provided on the other two suspects.

Officers conducted an area search for the primary suspect however, he remains at large.