Man fatally shot in downtown Seattle, suspect in custody

Man fatally shot in downtown Seattle, suspect in custody »Play Video
SEATTLE -- A man was fatally shot in the head in downtown Seattle late Tuesday afternoon.

The incident unfolded at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Pike Street at approximately 4:41 p.m. (View photos >>>)

It is not known what prompted the shooting, but police spokesman Jeff Kappel said the 31-year-old man was found lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Tomas Afeworki
Police have detained Tomas Afeworki, 27, who is suspected in the shooting. They've also recovered a handgun at the scene.

Witness Lloyd Hogan said he was inside a nearby chocolate shop when the incident occurred.

"The gunman was seen running up the alley. He went into Shaher's gyro shop at First and Pine, and he was hiding in the bathroom," he said.

The owner of that gyro shop, Shaher Abuerkheir, said he was at Nordstrom Rack when shots broke out.

"By the time I got out, I saw a guy running on Second Avenue .... with a gun in his hand," he said.

When he got back to his shop - Zaina Food, Drinks and Friends at 109 Pine St., Abuerkheir said, "All of a sudden, all the police came." He said he eventually figured out the suspected gunman, who'd ordered a sandwich, was hiding in the shop's bathroom.

"I told the police officer, 'He might be in my bathroom, using my bathroom,"' he said. "About 10 minutes later, the guy comes out of my bathroom with his hands up."

"They had like six guns pointed at him," Hogan said. "They put him in a squad car, and whisked him away."

Afeworki was to be booked into King County Jail for investigation of murder. His prior criminal record includes violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act for possession of cocaine/heroin, violation of a no-contact order, assault in second- and fourth-degree, and first-degree theft.

A motive has not been established, and homicide detectives are investigating.