Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who arrived at Swedish Hospital this morning with a gunshot wound.
At approximately 7:12 a.m. a 19-year-old male showed up at the Swedish First Hill hospital’s emergency room with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg. Officers responded to the hospital and interviewed the man who claimed that he was standing on the corner of 12th Avenue and East Jefferson Street at around 6:30 a.m. when he was approached by an adult male suspect. The suspect asked the victim if he was friends with another man who was lying on the sidewalk. A verbal argument ensued between the victim and the suspect. The victim claims the suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at his stomach. The victim pushed the handgun away as the suspect pulled the trigger. A bullet struck the victim in the left leg. The suspect ran off and the victim walked up the hill to Swedish hospital with several friends.
The only description the victim provided of the suspect was an East African male in his 20′s, approximately six feet tall.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident.
Anonymous tips are welcome.
This remains an active and on-going investigation.