Man shot after refusing to race in south Seattle


by KING 5 News

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 6:17 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 5:51 PM

A man was shot apparently at random early early Thursday in south Seattle when a group of people challenged to race him in his car.

Seattle police have not arrested any suspects.The victim's injuries were not serious.

According to detectives, the victim was driving a red Honda southbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Way around 2:00 a.m. When he approached South Orcas Street, several people attempted to flag him down.

The victim said he did not stop, and the group followed him in a silver BMW, trying to get the victim to race.

The victim said he avoided eye contact and continued driving down the street.

At that point, police said the passenger in the BMW, described as an Asian male, pulled out a gun and fired six shots into the Honda, striking the victim once.

The victim was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries to his thigh and is expected to be okay.

Officers said the victim did not know the shooters and the incident doesn't appear to be gang related.

Police are trying to get a handle on a streak of shootings over the holiday weekend. On Saturday, a girl was murdered at a party in South Seattle, and two shootings were reported in the Belltown neighborhood. Thursday's early morning drive-by shooting leaves people in the neighborhood very uneasy.

"It's gotten terrible, all of these shooting. I don't know what police can do, but they better do something," said Versa Ruff, south Seattle resident.

Like other shootings, police are hoping someone will come forward with information about the shooting.

Seattle police's gang unit has been called in to take over the investigation.

KING 5's Lindsay Chamberlain, Natasha Ryan, Tom Kim, Linda Brill and Liza Javier contributed to this report.