Police say an armed 19-year-old man shot by a Seattle Police Department officer early this morning in Pritchard Beach Park matches the description of a suspect in a shooting in South Seattle roughly an hour earlier.
According to witnesses, an Asian male suspect wearing a hooded sweatshirt had knocked on the door of an apartment and asked for someone by name. The suspect then fired four to five rounds into the door of the apartment, striking the 34 year male suspect once in the stomach and once in the hand.
The good news, according to police, is the victim was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire Department and transported to Harborview Medical Center with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening.
A short time later - just after 2 a.m. according to police - a Seattle Police K9 handler and his dog were checking Pritchard Beach Park when they came upon a man believed to be the suspect in the earlier shooting.
The officer saw the suspect sitting on a park bench. Without a word, the suspect stood up with gun in hand and approached the officer. The officer drew his gun and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon. The suspect raised his gun and pointed it at the officer. The officer fired at the suspect and hit him.
The officer immediately called for back-up and medical aid for the suspect.
Like the victim in the earlier shooting, the suspect was treated at the scene by firefighters and then transported to Harborview non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the suspect's weapon was recovered at the park, and it "appears to be the same type of gun," used in the earlier incident. Police also say the man shot by police in Pritchard Beach Park matches the description of the shooter in the Rainier Avenue shooting.
Police describe the investigation into the shooting as "on-going."