San Fran police find handgun used by person of interest in Seattle killing

San Fran police find handgun used by person of interest in Seattle killing
Kenneth Harding
SEATTLE -- Police in San Francisco have found the gun used by Kenneth Harding, a person of interest in a fatal South Seattle shooting, during a gunfight there earlier this month.

A tip led investigators to the AMT .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and ballistic tests confirmed the weapon was the one Harding used to end his own life on July 16.

San Francisco police believe Harding accidentally shot himself as he tried to fire a round at officers, who had wounded him in the leg during a gunfight after police tried to stop him for not paying a subway fare.

The bullet that entered his neck and lodged in his head was from a .380-caliber handgun, authorities said, and San Francisco police do not use .380-caliber weapons.

Harding was a person of interest in a South Seattle shooting that left 19-year-old TaNaya Gilbert dead and three others wounded.

A Seattle police spokesman said he did not have information on the caliber of the gun used in the shooting of Gilbert. No weapon was recovered in that case, Seattle police Det. Mark Jamieson said.

In April, Harding was released from a Washington state prison after he served 22 months for attempting to promote prostitution involving a 14-year-old girl in King County.

Harding's 21-year-old brother was arrested this week in connection to the death of a 50-year-old man found gravely injured early Saturday morning in South Seattle.

Anthony Matthews, 50, died of injuries sustained early Saturday morning at a residence. Police have described the killing as a homicide, though an autopsy remains pending.

Seattle homicide detectives arrested the suspect Tuesday evening and booked him into King County Jail on suspicion of murder, according to a police statement.

At 3 a.m. Saturday, Seattle police and fire units were called to a home in the 5100 block of S. Garden St. following what police describe as a suspicious circumstances call.

Officers found the man, who had suffered a serious head injury caused by someone known to him. Medics attempted to revive the man but could not; he died at the scene.

The suspect had fled by the time police arrived, but was arrested Tuesday.