Update 2:25pm: More details have just been released about this morning’s robbery, which happened just before 11am near the intersection of 20th Ave NW and Leary.
Seattle Police say the suspect grabbed a woman’s purse and fled, and was chased by a bystander. The suspect then fired a shot at the ground, before jumping into a dark-colored SUV.
Police say the suspect is a black male in his 40s with facial hair, wearing a puffy jacket and dark pants.
The robbery victim tried to grab onto the suspect’s car when he drove away, but fell to the ground and sustained injuries — she was sent to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment.
Officers located the suspect’s car, found driving southbound on Aurora Ave N, but lost sight of it south of the stadiums. Police ask that anyone with information call 206-684-5535.
Original: Officers are investigating an armed robbery that happened at about midday on Leary Ave NW in central Ballard.
According to Detective Mark Jamieson, the suspect discharged a firearm while robbing a person on the sidewalk near Bergen Place Park, and fled in a black SUV.
Detective Jamieson tells My Ballard that the suspect left Ballard, and is now believed to be south of downtown Seattle.
This is an active and ongoing case — we’ll update with new information when it becomes available.