1 person dead, 3 wounded in south Seattle shooting


by KING 5 News


Posted on September 12, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 12 at 5:12 PM

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle police detectives are hoping surveillance video from a gas station will help them track down the suspects who opened fire on a group of people at a bus stop early Monday morning.

One person died, the other three were wounded and hospitalized.

The shooting happened sometime before 3 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Rainier Ave South and South McClellan Street.

A group of men approached four people - three men and a woman who were sitting at a bus stop. There was an altercation and then gunfire. One man was killed and the three others were hurt. The group of men fled the scene.

One of the victims managed to walk across the street to a gas station. 

"After two or three minutes, he's coming here just to wash the blood," said Fetene Pelgo, employee at the Chevon gas station. "I asked what happened, he asked me for water."

Pelgo said the victim wanted to wash off the blood, but the employee picked up the phone instead and called police.

The victims - two men, ages 29 and 68, and a 43-year-old woman - were taken to Harborview Medical Center. Their conditions were not known.

People who work and live nearby say the victims are transients who could often be belligerent and defensive and wonder if that could have triggered the confrontation.

“Yeah, he obviously had a problem, but he didn't deserve to die,” said B. Johnson.

Police are now working to find the suspects. Detectives were working to get more information about the suspects' descriptions and the vehicle they fled in. They're also examining surveillance video.

"Obviously, in this day and age, there are a lot of businesses that employ cameras, but not every business employs cameras, not every camera is working," said Mark Jamieson, Seattle Police Department. "We will be canvassing the area and try to collect any evidence that is out there."

 KING 5's Tom Kim and Natalie Swaby contributed to this report.