Call it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or maybe right place at the right time, depending on your perspective. Boomer, formerly of the RCSM and now the Director of Project U.S.I.D, found himself in the middle of gunfire.
Before heading home, Boomer while in civilian attire, wanted to thank heaven by stopping off at a nearby 7-Eleven. He got a bit more than a Slurpee.
Around 12:30 AM of Saturday, Oct. 18th, a car prowler broke the window of a van parked behind the 7-Eleven located at 2009 Rainier Ave. S., according to KOMOnews.com. However, a 63-year old man was sleeping inside. The man grabbed a gun, a .357 magnum revolver, and yelled at the car prowler and opened fire on him and his getaway driver.
Boomer had got a snack and was sitting in his car. He had just reset his dashcam that he had in his vehicle. Boomer noticed a Caprice on the side of the building and heard some muffled yelling. His action sense was tingling, so he continued to listen closely.
Shots rang out. A couple of the shots came dangerously close to Boomer’s car.
At that point, Boomer said he ran into the store to tell the clerks to get down and yelled, “Shot fired, call 911 now!”
When he heard the shooting stop, Boomer said he approached the shooter with his flash light out and taser drawn. He issued verbal commands to the shooter. Rather quickly, SPD showed up and were able to take over the scene from there. The 63-year old shooter was compliant and surrendered his gun to officers.
Officers arrested the shooter after determining he went beyond the scope of self-defense since he shot at the other 2 men while they were fleeing, according to the SPD Blotter. The man was booked into King County Jail under investigation of assault.
The “getaway car” from the incident. Photo courtesy of Boomer.
According to Boomer, the shooter had dumped his brass, including 1 live round, in a trash can on the north side of the 7-Eleven. He also noted casings were on the ground in from the store.
The car prowler and his driver fled the scene, but quickly ditched their vehicle. The driver tried to run afterwards, but collapsed. The car prowler was taken to Swedish Medical Center and hospital staff called the police and the man was identified by SPD as the car prowler.
Back at the scene, Boomer said he was able to direct officers to the shooter and help give a report.
What was most likely very helpful was that Boomer had video of the event as he has a dashcam with automatic time stamp in his vehicle. On the video, you can clearly hear multiple gunshots and the 63-year old shooter yelling at the would-be robbers. Boomer provided the video from his dashcam to SPD and then later made the audio available to the media.
Boomer did get a bag of Butterfinger minis, a Reese’s Fast Break, and a 20 oz. bottle of water. More than that, he also was able to provide a serving of justice not usually available at 7-Eleven.