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Man assaulted in West Seattle: suspect in custody

On August 28th at approximately 11:30 p.m. the suspect and victim got into a fight in front of a pub in the 2300 block of California Avenue SW.  The suspect pulled out a handgun and pistol-whipped the victim, causing facial lacerations and possibly a broken nose. During the assault, a round was discharged from the gun into the air, leading witnesses to believe that the victim had been shot. SFD Medics responded and treated the victim on scene and subsequently transported him to an area hospital for follow up treatement for his serious injuries. 

The suspect ran off a short distance and tossed the handgun away. A witness identified the suspect to the responding officers, and showed them the location of the gun.  The suspect was arrested and the gun was recovered. The suspect was subsequently booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.