Lovett James Chambers, the man prosecutors believe gunned down Michael Hood outside the Feedback Lounge late Saturday night in West Seattle, has a long history of rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and bank robbery. Hood was 36 years old. He'd come from Jacksonville, Florida, looking for a safer place to live, friends say. Hood had only been in town four months before Chambers allegedly pumped four bullets from his .45 caliber handgun into his chest.
According to Seattle PI.com, who reviewed the probable cause documents filed by police, Chambers, 63, was a regular at the Feedback, located in the 6300 block of California Avenue Southwest. "There was no obvious disturbance between the two men, but witnesses reported seeing (Chambers) 'glaring' at the victim," wrote Seattle police Detective James Cooper. "When Hood left the bar, (the suspect) followed him outside and approached him aggressively according to witnesses."
Hood tried to protect himself with a shovel, according to a friend of Hood's, identified only as Jamie in report from the West Seattle Blog. "It was so random," Jamie told the online publication, adding that Hood had a child back in Florida and recently began working at a wholesale company in SODO.
Chambers, who is being held on $1 million bail -- and is expected to be formally charged tomorrow -- used multiple aliases and multiple Social Security numbers. The suspects's wife told the court that his criminal record was from the 1980s and that he hadn't done anything wrong since then, aside from the occasional traffic ticket.
Witnesses saw Chambers leave the scene in a BMW. They gave police his license number and Chambers was arrested at this home, just over a mile from the bar. Officers who went to the house found a handgun on the table.
Hood died at Providence Mount St. Vincent several hours after he was shot.