Man charged in fatal West Seattle shooting

SEATTLE -- Prosecutors have charged the accused gunman in a fatal shooting that took place in West Seattle over the weekend.

Lovett J. Chambers, 63, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Michael T. Hood. Chambers, who also goes by the names Cidrick Mann and Cid Chambers, is being held on $5 million bail.

Investigators said trouble began outside the Feedback Lounge on Saturday night. A man who was with the victim at the bar said he noticed a lone man, later identified as Chambers, sitting inside the bar, according to the statement of probable cause. Neither Hood nor his friend talked to anyone while at the bar, the man told investigators.

When the two left the bar, the witness saw Chambers following them out, the document said. As they were getting into their car, Chambers approached Hood and the two exchanged words, but the witness "did not suspect it was angry," he told police.

But moments later, Chambers approached Hood again and "got within 2 feet of him," prompting Hood to grab a shovel that was inside the car, the witness said. As Hood asked, "What do you want now?" Chambers backed up, pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds, hitting Hood, the statement said.

Hood's friend tried to pull his bloodied friend into the car as Chambers walked away, sliding his weapon back into his pocket, police said. Detectives later found .45-caliber shell casings at the scene of the shooting.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Investigators used Chambers' credit card receipt from the bar to identify him. They found him at his home and placed him under arrest. Also recovered at the home was a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, as well as a spare magazine loaded with several rounds.

When questioned by detectives, Chambers, a black man, said Hood and his friend were "making racial slurs as they followed him to his car." He said he retrieved his gun, which was under his front passenger seat, and opened fire because he believed the men were planning to attack him.

When investigators, based on witness accounts, pointed out that the shooting had taken place by the victim's car, which had been parked some 50 to 75 feet away from Chambers', he said he could not remember what happened after he retrieved his weapon. He added he had not seen either man with a weapon.

Chambers has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 1960 and includes prior convictions for bank robbery, extortion and kidnapping. Because he is a felon, he is not allowed to possess a firearm. Prosecutors planned to charge him with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Chambers will be arraigned next month.