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October 26, 2010 at 4:58 PM

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Man shot at Second and Pike; suspect in custody

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporters Carly Flandro and Sara Jean Green:

UPDATE 7:44 p.m. Police confirm that the man has died at Harborview Medical Center.

A man has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after he was shot Tuesday afternoon at Second Avenue and Pike Street, according to Seattle police. A suspect was arrested a short time later.

A hot dog vendor, who gave his name only as Jacob W., 28, said he was working the Gourmet Dog Japon stand, when he heard a scuffle behind him. When he turned to look he saw a man shoot another man. The victim fell forward as the gunman ran off.

The victim is a 31-year-old man, Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said.

Police received a 911 call reporting shots fired at the intersection at 4:42 p.m. and began a search of the area. Kappel said officers located the suspect in the 100 block of Pine Street, about a block from the shooting scene. He said officers also recovered a handgun.

A motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

The suspect is being interviewed by detectives, Kappel said.

The victim is being treated at Harborview Medical Center. Gary Bover, who was working at the Turf restaurant across the street from the shooting scene, said the victim was apparently shot in the forehead.

Mike Pribbenow said he was inside the Happy Salmon gift store at 111 Pike Street when he heard a loud bang. When he went outside to investigate he saw a man lying on the sidewalk surrounded by people.


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