Man shot in face outside of a Seattle-area Starbucks

KENT, Wash. -- A man was injured Tuesday afternoon after he was shot in the face outside a coffee shop in Kent.

The shooting happened at a plaza at 108th SE and SE 208th. According to Kent police, the man was walking into a Starbucks when a woman pulled out a gun and shot him.

The bullet passed through his cheek.

"I heard this bang bang," said one witness.

When witnesses looked at the front door, they saw the man staggering around with both hands covering his face.

"He had a gunshot hole right here and then you didn't see anything coming out the side and he had blood coming out his ears, coming out his mouth and nose," said one witness."There was just blood everywhere."

Michael Tyler, who served in the Army, ran over to stop the bleeding while others called 911.

"I just tried to keep him awake and lose as less blood as possible," said Tyler.

"I kneeled down and prayed over the guy because we didn't know how serious it was," said Brittainy, a witness.

While people scrambled to help, Kent police said the shooter got back in her car and took off.

"He was alive, conscious. He was not able to talk due to the wound, but he was able to communicate and write down the suspect's name on a piece of paper," said Derek Kammerzell, Kent Police Department.

That woman later turned herself into Tacoma police. The man was taken to a hospital where he was listed in serious condition.

Police believe the two showed up at the coffee shop together, but they don't know why she pulled out the pistol and shot him.

Those who helped the man before paramedics showed up are just hoping he'll be all right.

"More than likely he'll survive," said Brittainy. "It could have been worse. She could have shot him directly in the head."

It's unknown if the victim and the shooter were friends or possibly dating.


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