UPDATE: Man Shot At MVP Sports Bar In Burien
5/4/08 5pm UPDATE: A man was shot inside Burien’s MVP Sports Bar early Sunday morning, and police are still on the lookout for the person who pulled the trigger.
According to King County sheriff’s deputies, the victim was shot with an assault rifle inside the bar (located at 12803 Ambaum Blvd SW) just before 1am.
The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he is in critical condition according to Seattle police. Earlier reports claimed that the victim had died.
The shooter fled the scene after the incident, and so far, there’s no description of the suspect.
Law enforcement officials said the incident began between midnight and 1 a.m. when the suspect came to the bar.
A bouncer recognized him as a former customer who was kicked out several days earlier for fighting, and refused to let him in.
The man left and then returned within a minute, bursting through the back door of the bar with an assault rifle in his hands, witnesses told police.
He began blazing away – mostly firing into the ceiling – as bar patrons scrambled for cover. The man worked his way across the bar to the front door, still firing away, witnesses told King County sheriff’s deputies.
As the man reached the front of the bar, he got into a scuffle with a customer who used to work as a bouncer at the bar. The gunman shot the customer, and the customer fell behind the bar.
Whilst on the scene this afternoon, we saw no evidence of gunshots, blood or other scene-of-the-crime stuff, but we did not get inside where the shooting took place.
Formerly known as Mario’s, this bar has seen its share of troubles before, most notoriously in 1974 when serial killer Ted Bundy killed Brenda Ball, whom he met there.
Here are some photos, taken around Noon today: