Three Arrested After Shooting At Pursuing Robbery Witness

Three men were arrested in Seattle late Thursday after they robbed a woman in White Center and then opened fire on a 45-year-old man who chased after the suspects after witnessing the crime.

A 45-year-old man called 911 just after 11 p.m. Thursday and told police he’d been in a cafe in the 9800 block of 16 Avenue Southwest when he saw a woman yelling at two men about her purse.  When he confronted the two men, one of the suspects pointed a revolver at him before they fled in a waiting Chevy Monte Carlo.

A third man drove the car away from the scene while the man began chasing them in his own vehicle.  During the chase, a passenger in the Monte Carlo leaned out of his window and fired multiple rounds in the 9000 block of Delridge Way Southwest. Several shots hit the man’s vehicle, but he was not injured.

Officers were able to catch up to the two vehicles near the 168B exit of I-5 and were able to take the three suspects into custody without further incident. Officers looked into the vehicle and saw cash and a purse on the floorboards. Officers booked the 19-year-old gunman, the 21-year-old driver, and the 19-year-old passenger into King County Jail for investigation of assault and drive-by shooting.

The King County Sherrif’s office will investigate the initial robbery of the woman because it occurred outside of the city.