Seattle Police say a teenage male shot in the arm at Discovery Park last night "is being less than cooperative." In the face of this difficulty, however, SPD says Gang Unit detectives will continue to investigate a crime in which the three suspects are all also described as teenagers.
According to SPD Detective Jeff Kappel, at approximately 10:47 p.m. Thursday night officers responded to reports of shots fired near the visitor center in Discovery Park. Not long after, a teenage male showed up at a North Seattle hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm. Officers responded to the hospital, but as of last night weren't having much luck getting the victim to cooperate with their investigation.
Here's how Kappel describes what police say is known about the incident, which is not believed to be random:
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 16-year-old male victim got into some type of altercation with three teen-aged male suspects. One of the suspects shot the victim in the arm. All three suspects then fled the scene and remain at large. It is unknown what initiated the confrontation but this does not appear to be a random act.
The victim was transported to an area hospital by friends, where he is being treated for his non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say the only suspect descriptions they've been able to gather at this point suggest all three suspects are teenagers, and include "a black male, an Asian male, and an unknown race male."