The Weekend Blotter

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee May 2, 2011

Man Accidentally Shoots Himself In Westlake Nightclub Fracas

On 4/30/11, at approximately 1:20 a.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of Westlake Ave N. for a shots fired call.  When they arrived there was a large disturbance in the parking lot.

Officers were ascertaining what was happening when they heard more shots.  A male was seen running from the area.  After the situation was under control, officers found a pistol (a reported stolen) and shell casings at the scene.

At approximately 2:10 a.m., officers were informed that an uncooperative gunshot victim had arrived at Harborview Medical Center (HMC).  Gang detectives went there to interview the “victim”.  The “victim” was the subject seen running away from the scene of the earlier shots call, he had a gunshot wound to his right thigh.

The angle of the GSW wound appeared as though the subject shot himself either when pulling out his gun or “re-holstering” it in his waistband.  The gun was handled for DNA.  The 22-year-old male was left at HMC for treatment.  Gang detectives will be conducting the follow-up.

There were no other reports of injured victims or property damage.

Robbers Hit South Seattle Jewelry Store:

On 04/30/11, at approximately 6:20 p.m., officers responded to the 7100 block of MLK Jr. Wy to a reported robbery at a jewelry store. According to the victim/store owner a male knocked on the door of the jewelry store after the store had closed.

The woman opened the door, and the male held the door open as two or three masked males entered the store. The masked and gloved men smashed the jewelry cases, and removed items from those cases.

The male owner (husband) came out of the office when he heard the commotion. One of the suspects told him to open the safe. The husband attempted to hit the robbery alarm, and the suspect pistol- whipped him several times on his face. The suspects fled the store on foot.

The victim sustained fairly severe injuries to his face. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center for his injuries.

Robbery, CSI, and latent prints unit responded to the scene.

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