Father killed in front of his parents and children


by KING 5 News


Posted on May 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Updated Thursday, May 24 at 11:08 PM

SEATTLE -- A 40 year old father was killed in front of his parents and two children Thursday afternoon after driving into the middle of an altercation.

The shooting happened near the intersection of MLK Jr. Way and East Cherry St. in Seattle.

Following 911 calls about gunshots, Seattle Police Det. Jeff Kappel said officers responded just after 4:30 p.m. and found the victim. Seattle Fire paramedics arrived on the scene and began treating him.

SPD said the man was struck when the suspect began firing a gun at people he was in a verbal altercation with.  The victim was struck by one of the bullets and died at the scene.

A preliminary investigation said the victim was driving westbound on East Cherry Street in his white Volkswagen van when he drove into the middle of the altercation.

The victim had earlier picked up his parents from the airport and along with his two children were heading out on a weekend vacation.

The suspect description is vague.  He's only described as a black male in his 20s.

Homicide, Gang and CSI detectives responded to the scene and continue to investigate.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call 911 or call the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.