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Shooting suspect charged

A 26-year-old Oak Harbor man accused in a Feb. 3 shooting outside a downtown Oak Harbor night club is facing assault charges.

Prosecutors charged Vincent Harrison in Island County Superior Court Feb. 25 with second-degree attempted assault and third-degree assault. He pleaded not guilty March 17.

If convicted of the charges, Harrison could face from two to six months in jail under the standard sentencing range.

The report on the incident, written by Oak Harbor Detective Carl Seim, states that a fight began inside the Element night club on SE Bayshore Drive in the early morning hours. Harrison and a man got into a verbal argument after Harrison apparently bumped into him, but the altercation was broken up.

After the club closed down, another argument erupted in the parking lot between Harrison and the other man. Harrison pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the man, but then dropped it, Seim wrote.

After Harrison picked up the gun, his friends pushed him away from the argument, toward his car, when the gun went off, the report states.

Seim wrote that the bullet went through Harrison’s abdomen, exited through his right buttock and went through the thigh of a 26-year-old woman. The woman didn’t immediately realize she had been shot and ran off when she saw Harrison point the gun toward the car, the report states.

When police arrived, they found another woman unconscious from intoxication inside the car, according to court documents.

Seim wrote that he executed a search warrant on the car and found three handguns inside.

Harrison had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was hospitalized for nearly three weeks.

The woman was transported to Whidbey General Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Harrison is a sailor in the Navy with VAQ-134. The woman is with VAQ-129.

Oak Harbor police arrested Harrison after he was released from the hospital Feb. 22.

You can reach News-Times reporter Jessie Stensland at jstensland@whidbeynew

stimes.com or call 675-6611.

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