Two men arrested in fatal Eastlake shooting

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:


SEATTLE - Seattle Police have arrested two men in connection to  a double shooting in the Eastlake neighborhood which left one man dead.

 An ambulance took another man to Harborview Medical Center with what police describe as non-life-threatening wounds.

Police started getting a flurry of 911 calls at about 12:20 a.m. Monday.   The callers reported several shots fired in an alley near the corner of Eastlake Avenue East and East Lynn Street.

One witness told KIRO 7 by phone he’d heard four shots in quick succession, then a pause, then two more shots.  He said he was familiar with firearms and that the shots sounded like the came from a large handgun.  “It was no .22,” the caller said.

The caller said he then saw a man walking down the alley holding a gun.  The witness said the man got into a dark sedan, which sped away.

Police said just before midnight, three people were in a car when they decided to stop at the market at Eastlake and East Lynn. 

One got out of the car, while two waited in it, in the alley behind the store.  Police say that as the two waited, an unknown suspect, possibly wearing a hooded sweatshirt, walked up to the car, pulled a gun, and fired several shots.  

Acting on several witness tips, police stopped a different vehicle, an Acura SUV near Broadway and Yesler, shortly after the shooting. 

In video you’ll see only on KIRO 7, police can be seen taking two men into custody from that stop.

It is not known if those men are the ones who were later arrested in the shooting.

"Witnesses did see a car leave the scene and gave us a description,” Captain Ron Wilson told KIRO 7.   “We've located a car that possibly matches that and officers are investigating right now to see if there's any connection to the shooting.”

 A KIRO 7 reporter asked if that was the scene on Yesler, and Wilson said yes.

Seattle police have not yet said what they found in that stop,  though a KIRO  7 News crew saw officers who appeared to be counting, as evidence, a large amount of money. 

Seattle Police say the two men in custody were in a car seen speeding away from the shooting scene.  

The two men - in their 20s - were interviewed by homicide detectives and booked into the King County Jail in Seattle Monday afternoon.

Police said the two victims were apparently together in the same Lexus sedan, which was seen at the scene. The front passenger window of the Lexus was riddled with bullet holes.

Officers do not believe the general public has anything to fear in connection with this incident.