Police: Man arrested after firing gun near baby, stashing weapon in diaper aisle

SEATTLE -- Police arrested a 26-year-old felon after he allegedly stashed a stolen gun he had just fired in the unlikeliest of places Monday.

Police received reports of gunfire just before 5 p.m. near the intersection of 12th Avenue SW and SW Roxbury Street. Witnesses told Seattle police a young man, accompanied by two young women and a baby, fired a shot into the air above his head. Witnesses said the man then fled into a nearby Walgreens several blocks away.

A team of officers entered the Walgreens and apprehended the suspect, but no gun was immediately found. After some time, officers found a stolen handgun stashed behind a shelf full of diapers.

Officers seized the weapon—which was reported stolen—and booked the man into the King County Jail for a weapons violation, possession of stolen property, and a warrant for auto theft, police said.

Police interviewed the man’s companions—his girlfriend, their child, and his girlfriend’s sister—and released them.