West Seattle Man Shot Following Text Message Dispute

One man was wounded after a dispute over text messages led to a shooting Thursday night outside a West Seattle apartment building.

Police responded to SW Morgan Street and 35th Avenue SW just before 9:45 PM after receiving reports that a man had fired shots from an apartment building, striking a man on the street. Officers evacuated the building and searched for the suspect, but were unable to find him.

The victim of the shooting also called 911 shortly after the incident and said he had been shot in the leg. Officers found the man across the street from the scene of the shooting.

The victim told officers he knew the suspect through a mutual acquaintance—an ex-girlfriend—and had received a series of harassing text messages from the man Thursday evening. When the victim went to the suspect’s apartment building to confront him over the texts, the suspect appeared on a third-floor balcony and opened fire.

Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are investigating the shooting.