Two Wounded in Shooting, Photocopied License Plates, and a Fire Station Crash

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee September 26, 2011

In this Weekend Fuzz edition: Gang detectives investigating shooting at library, photocopied license plates, and auto thieves crash into fire station.

1) Police caught a "notorious auto thief" on Capitol Hill this weekend and discovered he had decked out his (allegedly) stolen car with photocopied license plates.

Officers and detectives arrested the man near Broadway and Pine late Friday night, and found the plates on his Subaru were actually photocopies of plates from a similar vehicle.

Police arrested the 43-year-old man on warrants and drug charges and booked him into the King County Jail.

2) Finally, in other car theft news, a man and  a woman in a stolen Toyota 4Runner crashed into a University District fire station early this morning.

Just after 3:00 am, officers saw the car driving up 11th Ave. NE. near NE. 47th St. and tried to pull it over.

The driver didn't stop, and tried to make a turn onto NE. 50th, where they crashed into Fire Station 17.

Police took the 28-year-old woman and 49-year-old man in the car to Harborview and then booked them into the King County Jail.

The crash damaged the front door of the fire station.

3) Gang detectives are investigating a shooting near the Rainier Beach library over the weekend, which left two men wounded.

According to SPD, South Precinct patrol officers heard gunfire as they were were driving by the library on Rainier Ave. S. and S. Fisher Pl. at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday night. Officers chased after two suspects, and were able to take one man in to custody.

The two victims left the scene and later contacted police. say one victim sustained a "superficial gunshot wound" to his torso, and another man was shot in the arm.

The men were "evasive" when detectives asked for details of the shooting, according to SPD.

One police source says officers found several bags of weed near the scene, and that it's possible the shooting was the result of a drug robbery.



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