Central District

Neighbor heard 'angry voices' prior to fatal Seattle shooting

Neighbor heard 'angry voices' prior to fatal Seattle shooting »Play Video
SEATTLE -- A man believed to be in his 20s was fatally shot in the city's Central District neighborhood early Sunday morning, Seattle Police said.

Police found the victim's body in the parking lot of the Seattle Vocational Institute after responding to calls of shots fired near 22nd Ave. South and South Main Street at 4:26 a.m.. Investigators say he was shot in the torso.

Seattle Fire Department medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The man's identity has not been released. Police have not released suspect information either.

Jan Berumen lives across the street and heard voices early this morning.

"It was like all muffled but it was definitely angry, they were angry voices," she said.

When she looked out her window, she could only see two sets of headlights.

"As I was turning away - the shots, I heard the shots and immediately I really backed away from the window a little bit," Berumen said.

She turned back around and saw two cars leaving but she said it was too dark outside to get descriptions.

Neighbor Ron Hutton learned about the shooting while walking his dog Sunday morning.

It happened a block from his home.

"I never walk around and feel intimidated or afraid for my safety but at the same time you hear all these stories that happen not that far around," he said.

Neighbors say this is a popular area for people to walk their dogs but not common for people to hang out here late at night.

"Bullets don't have neighborhoods. They don't," Berumen said. And what really struck me is that I was feeling really sorry for myself because I didn't get a card from my kids because they mailed them late and I said I'm sitting here feeling sorry for myself and some mother lost her child."

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