Police believe Ravenna shooting victim was targeted

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 5:35 PM

A man was critically injured in Northeast Seattle after he was shot multiple times around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say the man was standing on the corner near 2610 Northeast 55th Street when two black men drove by in a dark sedan. 

“The victim was standing on the street corner doing nothing wrong, car pulls up, guy gets out of the car, shoots the victim several times, runs back to the car, getaway driver takes off northbound on 27th Avenue,” said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.

Neither of the suspects seemed to be deterred by the numerous witnesses nearby.

Medics transported the victim to Harborview in critical condition. He had life threatening injuries from gunshot wounds to his calf, thigh and write. Later Tuesday afternoon after he had gone through surgery, his condition was upgraded to serious condition and he was recovering in the intensive care unit.

The victim's family and coworkers identify him as 57-year-old Victor Espinosa. He works at a nearby upholstery store and lives in an apartment unit upstairs. His coworkers believe he was walking to work when he was shot.

"Really good guy, hard working, always smiling, always got a story to tell you," said Todd Webb, who works at Manning's & Son Upholstery.

Police believe the shooting was not random, but Espinosa's friends and family have no idea why someone would target him.

Nearby schools were on lockdown for half an hour after the shooting.

The shooting took place just east of Ravenna Park. Police only have a vague description of the suspects and hope to use surveillance footage from nearby businesses to help identify them.

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