Felon Arrested After Stashing Stolen Gun In Store’s Diaper Aisle

A 26-year-old felon tried to stash a stolen gun in the diaper aisle of a drug store Monday evening after opening fire on a West Seattle street.

Police received reports of gunfire just before 5pm near 12th Avenue SW and SW Roxbury Street, where witnesses said a man—accompanied by two young women, one of whom was pushing an infant in a stroller—had fired a shot into the air and fled into a Walgreens several blocks away.

A team of officers entered the store and followed the suspect down the aisles until they cornered him and took him into custody.

When police searched the man, they found he wasn’t carrying a gun. Officers began scouring aisles of the store, and found a handgun stashed behind a shelf full of diapers.

Officers seized the weapon—which was reported stolen—and booked the man into the King County Jail for a weapons violation, possession of stolen property, and a warrant for auto theft.

Police interviewed the man’s companions—his girlfriend, their child, and his girlfriend’s sister—and released them from the scene.