Seattle police are asking the public's help after a man leaving a Belltown nightclub with his girlfriend was stabbed to death early Friday morning.
Detectives do not believe the attack that happened in the 2300 block of 1st Avenue was random and are asking people who may have caught the incident on their cell phones to send in their video.
The incident began around 1:40 a.m. in front of the Tia Louis nightclub. Police say the victim - a man in his 20s - and his girlfriend were leaving the club when he got into an argument with four male suspects.
Police said the victim attempted to walk away to his car parked in a nearby parking lot. But sometime during the altercation, officers said he was stabbed in the chest.
Medics performed CPR and rushed the victim to the hospital, but the victim died as a result of his injuries. Police say the young woman with the victim took off and they haven't been able to locate her.
So far, there is only a vague description of the suspects, possibly four Hispanic males seen leaving the scene. Police believe the suspects got into a gray truck or SUV and fled north on 1st Avenue. A red SUVwas towed from the parking lot where the victim was stabbed, but police have not said how it might be connected.
Surveillance cameras perched above the scene shows a nearby parking lot alley. The murder happened out of camera range, but in the lower left corner of the video, people see something has happened. As they get out of their car to check it out, an SUV drives by.
The video is what police hope to get from the public.
The disturbance leading up to the homocide may have been recorded on cell phone video. So, we're asking the public to share that with us, said Seattle Police Department spokesman Mark Jamieson.
Meanwhile, Belltown shop owners say they are fed up with the violence and blame the clubs. Despite police patrols, they say daytime customers are staying away.
A young person is dead walking with his girlfriend. It's horribe and I think all the businesses are effected by it, and will continue to be, said Belltown store owner Karen Dannenberg.
Seattle police have not identified the victim; they said they plan to do so sometime on Saturday.
Anyone with information, pictures or video from the area when the stabbing occurred is asked to contact Seattle Police at (206) 684-5550