One man shot in the leg after 'alcohol-fueled' argument in West Seattle; Suspected shooter arrested

Shortly before 3 a.m. on Oct. 14 an argument at an apartment complex on S.W. Avalon Way in West Seattle led to a 25-year-old male getting shot in the leg by a 26-year-old male. The victim was taken to Harborview with non-life threatening injuries and the alleged shooter was arrested for investigation of assault.

Here are the details from Det. Jeff Kappel with the Seattle Police Department:

A man shoots his acquaintance after an alcohol-related dispute. On October 14th at approximately 2:46 a.m. officers responded to a shooting in an apartment complex in the 3200 block of SW Avalon Way.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect and victim are acquaintances. Both adult males were intoxicated and involved in some sort of dispute with a third male at the entrance to the apartment building. The third male punched the victim and the victim’s friend (the suspect) went inside to his apartment. When the victim went to the suspect’s apartment to confront him, the suspect retrieved a pistol from the bedroom and shot the victim in the leg. The victim retreated outside the apartment calling for help and an unrelated witness called 911.

Officers knocked on the suspect’s door and announced their presence. The suspect surrendered without incident. Officers recovered the handgun used in the shooting, along with one spent shell casing and bullet fragments lodged in the carpet.

The 26-year-old male suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.

The 25-year-old male victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of a non-life-threatening bullet wound to the lower leg.

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