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Customer retaliates against businesses-gets arrested

Seattle police officers arrested a man  for a shooting at two University District businesses Monday afternoon.

Shortly before 2:00 p.m., officers responded to the 4300 block of University Way NE after receiving a report of a shooting. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect fleeing east bound in a black Audi following the incident. Officers arrived in the area and immediately began searching the scene for victims.  No one was injured as a result of the shooting.

During an area check, officers spotted the suspect driving southbound on Lake Washington Blvd near E. Roanoke. Officers activated their emergency equipment and attempted to stop the suspect however, their repeated efforts were for naught as the suspect continued on.

Officers continued to follow the suspect, who stopped near 18th Av NE and NE 45th.  Officers removed him from the vehicle and took him into custody without incident. Officers recovered a very realistic looking pellet gun from the suspect’s waistband.

The suspect, a 24-year-old Asian male, was transported to the North Precinct for processing. He will be booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault, Malicious Mischief and Felony Eluding.

An employee at a business on 52nd and University Way reported that he was inside the business when he heard what sounded like shots.  He looked out the window and noticed that the window was cracked.  He then looked out the window and saw the suspect sitting across the street in his vehicle shooting at the business. The employee called 911 as the suspect drove away. Apparently, the suspect is a customer of the business and is upset over the handling of his insurance claims.

An employee at a second business, on 43rd and University Way, reported that she also heard shots and saw damage to the business window, and looked up to see the suspect sitting across the street in a black Audi, firing shots at the business.  She believes the suspect was upset and has a vendetta against the business because he was refused a refund on items he previously purchased in the store.  On a prior occasion he made veiled threats to cause harm to the business.