by: Deborah Horne Updated:
EVERETT, Wash. - Gunfire erupted outside a bar in downtown Everett just before 2 a.m. Sunday.
When it ended, a man described as an innocent bystander had been hit and the alleged gunman was in custody.
>>> Photos of the shooting scene can be seen on MyEverettNews.com.
“He could have hit the cars, the people,” said Jason Gilreath. “I mean it was right after two o'clock so I mean everybody was leaving the bar.”
Gilreath was asleep in his apartment on Rockefeller Avenue when the shooting started.
“I heard the gunshot,” he said. “It's actually what woke me up, and I looked out the window.”
Gilreath could see the gunman, a weapon in his hand.
Everett police said it began with an altercation of some kind outside Tailgator Bar, a half hour after the bar closed.
Eyewitnesses said the man pulled out a weapon and began shooting.
“Whoever, he was shooting at went running and he came around the corner,” said Randy Olson, who also woke up to the commotion.
But Everett police said the man who was hit was an innocent bystander.
“It appears multiple that there were multiple shots fired,” said Everett Police Officer Aaron Snell. “And one of the ricocheted bullets struck the victim.”
One of the bullets also struck the storefront window at the Faith Baptist Church.
Pastor Andrew Teesdale noticed it when he arrived at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
“I think it's a shame we have places where we have a lot of thugs hanging out and that type of stuff is encouraged,” Teesdale said.
It is enough to make Randy Olson move.
“Drinking and the drugs,” said Olson. “There's a lot of activity in here. They tried to clean Everett up a few years ago. But it's, it's tough.”
The 36-year-old suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail. The man who was shot was taken to a local hospital, and he is expected to survive.