Road rage incident ends in shooting outside Safeway store

MILL CREEK, Wash. — A road rage incident ended in gunfire in the parking lot of a Mill Creek Safeway store overnight.

The shooting happened in the 16300 block of Bothell Everett Highway at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

It is not yet known how the road rage incident unfolded, but both drivers ended up in the parking lot where a 24-year-old man, an armed security guard for a private security company, called 911 and told dispatchers that he shot a man who pulled a gun during an altercation that started as a traffic incident.

The victim, a 60-year-old Bothell man, was shot multiple times and was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

The 24-year-old man’s handgun was recovered at the scene, but investigators said they have not yet found the alleged weapon that the shooter said the 60-year-old pulled; however, they are waiting for a warrant before they can search the man's car.

Officers said the shooter has cooperated with Mill Creek police and has since been released.

Police said investigators have surveillance footage from Safeway that shows the initial altercation that they plan to release at some point.

The security guard is not an employee of Safeway.

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