West Seattle shooting suspect’s bail set at $100,000

(Saturday morning photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Followup today on the early-Saturday-morning shooting in Westwood: Bail was set this afternoon at $100,000 for the 23-year-old man arrested less than an hour and a half later, as reported here shortly after it happened. He is facing a first-degree assault charge for shooting another man in the chest. The court documents for today’s bail hearing have the same details as the police report that came out later Saturday – the victim was walking in the 9200 block of 30th SW around quarter past two Saturday morning and got into an argument with the suspect, followed by a physical fight, which then was followed by the suspect grabbing a gun from the holster worn by a friend, and firing one shot into the victim’s chest, before taking off in a vehicle now described as “a silver SUV.” Witnesses gave police the suspect’s name, and officers arrested him at his parents’ home on Queen Anne. He’s due back in court Wednesday. We don’t know the victim’s name, so we have no way to even try to get a condition update, but police reported on Saturday that he had been “stabilized” at the hospital. The suspect does not appear to have a felony criminal record.

4 Replies to "West Seattle shooting suspect's bail set at $100,000"

  • villagegreen October 9, 2012 (10:02 am)

    Thank god the friend had a gun in his holster! If he hadn’t been armed, who knows how many people would have been shot. If only everyone was armed at all times then everyone would have a chance to protect themselves by snatching the next guy’s gun after theirs has been snatched to shoot someone else.

    Condolences to the victim and his family.

  • Ccp October 9, 2012 (11:02 am)

    Your comment is totally irrelevant to this story

  • higgins October 9, 2012 (12:45 pm)

    Why is the charge first-degree assault instead of attempted murder? What is the difference?

    • WSB October 9, 2012 (12:50 pm)

      Don’t know without asking prosecutors. I think the perception of non-premeditation could be a factor – grabbed gun, theoretically impulsively, and fired. But that is just my speculation.

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