Man shot 3 times in Rainier Beach attempted robbery

Yuttana Chanthakhoun was shot three times after he said he drew his gun to protect himself and his family.

SEATTLE — On Valentine’s Day, Yuttana Chanthakhoun and his girlfriend Chanh Saechao were getting out of their car and preparing to carry their young children from the back seat when they were told that two men with loaded guns approached and fell in love. Ask them to hand over their belongings.

The armed robbery happened outside the couple’s home in Rainier Beach on February 14 at around 11pm.

Saechao said: “We pulled over to the parking lot and was just about to get the girls out of the car when they approached us from behind, and they pulled out their guns and pointed them at us and asked us to bring our belongings. “.

Chanthakhoun didn’t think twice. He said he pulled out his gun to protect himself and his family.

“When I saw that, I had to immediately take my own,” Chanthakhoun said. “I tried to reload the gun and now they’re shooting at me. They’re shooting at me.”

A nearby auto repair shop recorded the gunfight through surveillance cameras.

“It’s ridiculous, I can’t believe it,” said Phillip Nguyen, owner of the Rose Street Auto repair shop. “On that video it’s really bad crime, really bad around here.”

Nguyen said crime has increased around his store since the pandemic began. He had been broken into before, and bullets had also penetrated the back of his business.

He said he didn’t feel very safe.

“Moving out of this area, but it’s my job, but especially for a small business like us,” Nguyen said.

The shooting happened right next to Chanthakhoun’s children. The oldest is only 5 years old.

“One of them is crying and is too young to know what happened. The other is 5 years old and she’s seen everything. We just hope it doesn’t affect her,” the couple said. said couple.

Chanthakhoun is grateful to be alive. His family is focused on helping him heal.

“It’s sad that he lost his father early at our oldest age and it’s crazy that she could go through the same thing as him. We like to think that his father protected him.” Saechao said.

Yuttana Chanthakhoun’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help him heal, recover and pay medical bills during the time he’s unable to work. Man shot 3 times in Rainier Beach attempted robbery

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