16th/Madison shooting adds to Seattle gun violence spike

The week’s spike in gun violence across Seattle continued overnight with a shooting in the gas station parking lot at 16th and Madison that sent a male victim to the hospital with wounds to his upper back and leg.

Police were called to the area of 16th and Madison around 12:45 AM after 911 callers reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area. Officers found the victim in the Shell station parking lot at 16th and Madison conscious but “very uncooperative,” according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Callers reported seeing a light colored or silver vehicle speed from the scene after the gunfire. Minutes after the E Madison shooting, SPD was called to more gunfire reported around 18th and Marion but there were no reports of injuries.

SPD says the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shooting and that the department’s gang unit is investigating the incident.

The early Sunday morning incident joins a spate of gun violence across the city ending a week that included five shooting victims in three days. The E Madison victim made six and another man shot later near Beacon Hill bumped the tally to seven by Sunday dawn. Earlier this week, SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole said the department is working with its federal law enforcement partners to tackle the latest wave of gun violence.

“We are outraged by the gun violence, and neither our department nor our community will tolerate it. We have been working consistently with our federal, state, and county partners, and convened a meeting today to redouble our efforts,” O’Toole said in a statement.

The shooting victims include a couple in their 70s caught in the crossfire of a shootout along MLK early on May 4th and a deadly shooting May 3rd in a parking lot along Rainier that took the life of a young woman.

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3 thoughts on “16th/Madison shooting adds to Seattle gun violence spike

  1. Police have told me in the past this sort of situation here usually reflects either a small group who have recently gotten out of prison trying to muscle back in or a group from outside the region trying to do the same. With the increase in affluent hipsters in this region it is very possible this is about turf in an increasing drug market. Users will continue to feel no responsibility for the violence, of course.