Police look for suspect in shooting of man in groin

SNOHOMISH — Police on Friday said they believe a felon with a history of drug convictions was responsible for shooting a man in the groin early Wednesday near Snohomish.

Robert James Scott, 36, used a .44-caliber revolver to settle a score over an unpaid drug debt and possession of some high-end tire rims, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said.

The victim, a Snohomish man, 30, told detectives Scott used a “Dirty Harry” revolver to shoot him in the crotch. The reference was to the weapon used by actor Clint Eastwood in his portrayal of Harry Callahan in the 1971 film, “Dirty Harry.”

After the shooting, the victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition.

Scott reportedly had confronted the victim days before the shooting and threatened to “take care of him” if he didn’t pay the debt and return the allegedly stolen Lexus tire rims, police said.

Witnesses said Scott was joined in the attack by three or four masked men who reportedly had large, “Rambo”-style combat knives.

One of the masked suspects stabbed another man but caused minor wounds, Hover said. The stabbing victim declined hospitalization.

No arrests were made by Friday afternoon.

Scott is described as 5 feet 9 inches and about 210 pounds. He is known to hang out in parts of central and southern Snohomish County.

He’s also wanted by the state Department of Corrections. He was being supervised for a drug conviction and for second-degree escape.

A warrant for Scott’s arrest was issued Feb. 26 after he failed to comply with restrictions imposed by corrections officials, spokesman Charlie Wend said.

Police said Scott should be considered armed and dangerous.

Reporter Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3437, jholtz@heraldnet.com.

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