Man killed, nephew injured in Capitol Hill shooting
SEATTLE - A shooting in broad daylight in the Capitol Hill neighborhood has left a 9-year-old boy injured and a 23-year-old man dead.
Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz was among the first-responders at the scene near Harvard Avenue and East Pike Street on Saturday afternoon. He told FOX 13 that it was a "horrific scene" due to the age of the younger victim – noting that child is expected to survive.
According to investigators, the pair were uncle and nephew. Police say they were shot while they were inside a car near the intersection – a second location was also covered with police tape a short distance away at Broadway and East Pike.
"To have a scene like this where a 9-year-old boy is shot, it’s just horrible," said Diaz.
Seattle Police said they arrested a 35-year-old man for the shooting. They also say they found a gun at the scene.
Details on what led up to the shooting are unclear at this time. Though, Diaz told reporters at the scene of the shooting that gun violence is trending down – but that it’s not where the department wants to see it.
"We really have to figure out a way to get people to turn in their guns and not pull a gun out on a scene," said Diaz.
The identities of the victims and the suspect have not been released.
The comments were made hours after a gun buyback program held by King County wrapped up in Burien roughly 20 minutes to the south of the shooting scene.
Initial information indicate that 287 guns were turned in – with the King County Sheriff’s Office handing out $36,000 gift cards to take guns off the streets of the county.