The Morning Blotter: Police Say Shooting At Rainier & Orcas Sparked By Drug Deal Gone Bad

The search for a suspect in a shooting and apparent drug rip at Rainier and Orcas last week led police to a possile marijuana grow operation at a South Seattle home.

Just after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night, officers on patrol near Rainier and Orcas heard has many as four gunshots, and saw a group of people running north on Rainier.

A witness told officers someone had opened fire down the block, where police found the man apparently targeted in the shooting.

The victim—who was not injured in the incident—told police he was robbed by a man who had opened fire on him and fled south on Rainier towards Mead St.

The victim told police the suspect had grabbed a bag out of his hand and ran off down the street. The victim chased the suspect and tried to take the bag back, but the suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire.

A report for the incident notes the victim “was uncooperative and did not wish to assist police” in their investigation.

He eventually left the scene with a man in a wheelchair, who is “known to area officers as someone who has been found to be armed with handguns in the past, and is involved in the local drug trafficking trade,” the report says.

Near the scene of the shooting, police found two $5 bills on the ground and called in a K9 unit to help track their suspect.

The police dog led officers to an abandoned house in the 4200 block of S Mead, where officers found another $5 bill in bushes in front of the house.

Officers followed the police dog to S Juneau St, where they found a $1 bill lying in the street.

The dog the led officers through several yards, and up to home where officers noticed “an overpowering odor of marijuana coming from within the house.” The report notes “there was condensation on the interior of some of the windows” of the home, indicating it is likely used for “a clandestine marijuana grow operation.”

The report says no one answered the door at the home.

Police believe the shooting earlier that evening was sparked by a drug deal gone bad. “It appears that a plan to conduct a marijuana drug transaction in the area of Rainier Av S between S Orcas St and S Mead St instead turned into a rip-off, and an armed robbery with shots fired,” the report says.