Police: Fistfight turned deadly when one man started shooting in Seattle’s Hillman City

A 19-year-old South Seattle man was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, accused of fatally shooting a 21-year-old man after an argument and fistfight outside a row of businesses on Sept. 14.

A heated argument between two young men started inside a Hillman City convenience store in Seattle, turned into a fistfight out on the street and ended when the apparent loser pulled out a gun and started shooting, ultimately killing a 21-year-old, according to King County prosecutors.

Jamal Austin, 19, was arrested Friday in Kent and was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in connection with the Sept. 14 death of Jorrail Morris, jail and court records show. Austin has no prior criminal convictions but was wanted on a $10,000 bench warrant for failing to appear in court on a residential burglary charge at the time of his arrest, according to court records.

Austin remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail on the murder charge.

Morris was shot five times — including once in the chest and twice in the back — just before 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 and stumbled into a bar two doors down from the convenience store in the 5600 block of Rainier Avenue South, where he collapsed on the floor, charging papers say.

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He was still alive when police arrived and was able to tell officers his name; he mentioned a store, said another male wanted to fight him, and asked an officer “to call his mother because he was going to die,” say the charges.

Morris was pronounced dead a short time later at Harborview Medical Center.

During their investigation, Seattle homicide detectives learned Austin and two other men had purchased marijuana and then went to the convenience store to buy rolling papers, charging papers say. One man stayed in the car while Austin and the other male went into the store on the southwest corner of Rainier Avenue South and South Findlay street.

The store’s interior security cameras captured “a heated argument” between Morris and another man, later identified as Austin, though the charges note police don’t know what the argument was about.

The store owner told the men to get out, and Morris and Austin left.

Video-surveillance cameras outside a coffee shop across Rainier Avenue South from the convenience store captured the fistfight between the two men — and what was seen in the video was corroborated by a witness: Morris knocked Austin down…

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