Robber Shoots Victim and Fellow Suspect During Cell-Phone Theft

UPDATE 5/28/15:

SWAT officers served a search warrant in the Leschi neighborhood early this morning and arrested the suspected gunman in Saturday’s shooting.

SWAT officers converged on a home in the 800 block of 28 Ave. S. and arrested a 20-year-old man, identified by robbery detectives during their investigation.

Police interviewed the man and booked him into King County Jail for investigation of Robbery and Assault. Detectives continue to investigate the case.

ORIGINAL:

Detectives are investigating after an armed robber shot the victim and his partner in crime during a Capitol Hill robbery early Saturday morning.

911 dispatchers began receiving calls reporting a shooting near Summit Ave and Howell St around 2:30 AM. Officers arrived and found a man who had been shot in the lower leg following a street robbery. A witness and the victim began recounting the events to officers as medics were treating the victim’s non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The victim told officers he was walking on Capitol Hill when he was approached by a group of men who robbed him of his cell-phone. A witness and the victim began to follow after the robbery suspects demanding the cell-phone back. At Summit Ave and Howell St one of the suspects produced a handgun and began shooting in an apparent effort to stop the victim and witnesses pursuit.

Later, while officers were interviewing the victim at Harborview Medical Center, one of the suspects hobbled in having been shot in the foot during the incident. Police also learned that an apartment building was also struck by the suspect’s gunfire.

Robbery detectives are responding to the hospital and will be interviewing the suspect and working to identify the other suspects.