“I can’t stand that this is happening in my neighborhood. We have kids walking around. Screw these guys.” So wrote Colton Lloyd in the WSB comment that informed us he had uploaded that surveillance video to YouTube, showing the December 15th gunfire outside Seamart at 16th and Holden in Highland Park. We reported on the incident that day, while police were searching; they found shell casings outside the store, and found a possible suspect vehicle in White Center, but we had few other details until now. After seeing the surveillance video that Colton, an employee, posted, we followed up with SPD and obtained the official report, which has more details, including what officers found at the scene besides casings:
The report written by a patrol officer says the call came in reporting that a “complainant saw someone shoot a gun and drove off in a car on 16th Avenue SW.” Upon arrival, Seamart’s owner agreed to show the surveillance video to the officer, who writes:
The video showed a dark Green Chevrolet Suburban pull in the front of the store and then park. Minutes later two males exited the vehicle and entered the store. The two males purchased items in the store and then headed back out to their vehicle. Minutes later video surveillance showed a white Ford Explorer pull into the parking lot of (the store). A B/M wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black hat exits the vehicle and makes contact with the driver of the Chevrolet Suburban. The video shows the two males talking. Moments later the male in the Ford Explorer begins to punch the male who was sitting in the driver seat. The passenger of the Chevrolet Suburban then gets out of the vehicle and pulls out a pistol. The unidentified male then walks around the back of the Chevrolet Suburban and fires several shots at the male. The male from the Ford Explorer then takes off running across the street and attempts to get back into the Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer did not stop and the male takes off running E/B on SW. Holden St. The Ford Explorer made a left hand turn down an alley way located next to the Seattle Fire Department.
After reviewing the video surveillance the shooter appeared to be a B/M, late 20’s to early 30’s, approximately 6’4, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red lining, white shirt, black pants, and black shoes. The driver appeared to be a B/M, late 20’s to early 30’s, approximately 5’9, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans. Officers conducted a thorough area check for the suspects and suspect vehicle but were unable to locate.
The report goes on to say that officers spoke with witnesses on the scene. While there, one officer found three .45-caliber shell casings under a vehicle in the parking lot; another officer was told the white Explorer had dropped a “black container” at the entrance to the alley. Police found it and reported that it contained “ninety-one pills of oxycodone, and 5.2 grams of cocaine.”
Today, we also asked SPD media-relations Officer Lauren Lovanhill, who obtained the report at our request, if anything else had happened in the case in the ensuing two weeks. She says, “So we have identified the shooter and seized the firearm used in this incident. No arrests have been made and the investigation is still ongoing,” adding that investigators are “still looking for more information,” so if you know anything additional, please contact police and refer to case 15-434317.