Police Investigating After Security Guard Shot Outside South Seattle Grocery Store

Police are investigating after a security guard was shot outside a South Seattle grocery store late Monday evening.

Around 11 pm, police responded to the 3800 block of Rainier Avenue South for a shooting and found the victim, a security guard at the store, with gunshot wounds to his legs.

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

Witnesses told police the victim had kicked several people out of the store earlier in the day for shoplifting. During the earlier incident, a shoplifter reportedly punched and spit on the security guard. Later that evening, the shoplifter and a group of other suspects returned to the store, armed with a large stick and a firearm, to confront the guard.

The guard and several other people fought with the suspects until one of the suspects shot the victim and fled.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.