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Gang Unit Tracks Down Gunman Wanted In Nightclub Ambush

After six months of poring over surveillance footage and cell phone records, and working their contacts for intel, gang detectives have arrested the man suspected of spraying dozens of rounds outside a South Lake Union nightclub in January, seriously wounding three men.

On January 28, two groups of men inside the Citrus nightclub flashed money and gold chains at each other, which quickly devolved into a brawl.

Three men from one group walked outside a short time later and were ambushed in a parking lot by one of the men from the other group—23-year-old Kevin Hubbard—who was armed with an assault rifle.

In 10 seconds, Hubbard sprayed at least 25 rounds from an AK-47 style rifle at the victims, seriously wounding all three of them.

When the shooting stopped, a large crowd gathered at the scene. But when officers arrived, no one would provide police with information about the gunman.

Medics rushed the three victims to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. All three victims survived the shooting, but doctors had to amputate one victim’s right leg, which was shattered by gunfire.

Gang detectives began working the complex case and tracked down security camera footage from a business near the nightclub. One camera captured the gunman and another man hiding in the bushes near the victims’ car, waiting to ambush the men.

Police weren’t initially able to identify the men from the security camera footage, but gang detectives’ sources claimed two South Seattle gang members—Hubbard and another man—were responsible for the shooting.

Detectives got a warrant for Hubbard and the other man’s cell phone records, which placed them at the scene of the shooting. Police also recovered the AK-47 style rifle Hubbard used in the shooting in another police investigation.

Detectives arrested Hubbard late Thursday and booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of assault, drive-by shooting, and attempted murder. The other man identified in the case is currently in custody for an unrelated case.