Prosecutors Charge Felon For SoDo Nightclub Shooting

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee November 8, 2010

A 20-year-old man is facing weapons charges after police spotted him trying to ditch a gun near the scene of a shooting outside a SoDo nightclub late last month.

Around 2:00am on October 31st, police officers on patrol near Club Habana—near 1st Ave S and S Hanford in SoDo—saw a fight break out and heard two gunshots, before a group of three men ran off north on Occidental Ave.

Gang unit detectives, who were also on patrol near the scene, pulled over near Occidental and waited until they saw the three men running at them.

One man—identified in court records as Leon Henderson—was carrying a pistol, and wiping the gun off as he ran, court records say.

Henderson then tossed the gun under a nearby parked car.

Police stopped Henderson and his two companions—a 17-year-old and 20-year-old man—and recovered the loaded Springfield .45 caliber pistol Henderson had tossed.

Henderson told police a member of a "south end" gang had punched his friend—who court records say belongs to the Central District-based Valley Hood Piru—outside the club, but denied firing a gun.

It appears no one was injured in the shooting.

Henderson has prior convictions for robbery, theft, assault, and drug possession and cannot legally possess a firearm.

He is currently being held at the King County Jail on $110,000 bail.

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