Blotter | Police looking for car involved in spate of CD drive-by shootings

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  • CD gunfire: Police swarmed the area around 27th and Union Tuesday afternoon after a bout of gunfire left one car damaged and SPD searching for a suspect vehicle believed to have been involved in a spate of similar shootings this week. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, multiple callers reported gunfire in the Central District around 2:15 PM. Arriving officers found nobody injured but a victim’s vehicle was reportedly targeted and damaged by gunfire. Police closed E Union as they collected evidence at the scene including 9MM shell casings. Police are looking for a brown Kia Optima believed to have been involved in the afternoon shooting and in similar drive-by gunfire incidents in the Central District and South Seattle this week. There have already been 59 gunfire incidents in Seattle so far in 2018 according to SPD data. UPDATE 3:58 PM: SPD has taken at least one person into custody:

UPDATE 4:52 PM: Police say four people were taken into custody after a brief chase near Rainier Ave S and a search assisted by the King County Sheriff’s Guardian-1 helicopter. UPDATE 4/11/18: SPD has added additional information about the arrests: “After lengthy interviews by detectives, the four suspects, a 20-year-old male, a 20-year-old female, and two 16-year-old males were booked into the King County Jail and Youth Services Center for various charges related to this incident. The suspect vehicle, the Kia, was a reported stolen car from Kent, and was impounded from the scene pending a search warrant. A 9mm handgun was located next to the stolen Kia, and was recovered for evidence.”

  • Pine pedestrian hit: A woman was struck by a driver while crossing the street at Pine and Harvard Tuesday afternoon. Seattle Fire and SPD responded to the scene around 1:30 PM and found the woman’s injuries to be non-life threatening. She was transported to the hospital for treatment. We’re checking to find out if the Honda’s driver was cited in the incident.
  • Burglary arrest: Police took an 18-year-old suspect into custody last Tuesday morning after a North Capitol Hill burglary:
    Shortly after 6:30 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a burglary at a home in the 2200 block of Broadway East.  The owners saw the suspect via a security camera inside their living room.  The husband confronted the suspect who was now standing just outside the front door with some of their property.  The suspect fled and the homeowner chased him for a short distance.
    Police say a fast response resulted in the suspect being found hiding a few blocks away. Detectives from the Major Crimes Task Force are investigating. Police believe the suspect may be responsible for several other burglaries in the neighborhood in the days before the Tuesday morning arrest. The suspect was booked him into King County Jail for investigation of burglary and an outstanding felony warrant.
  • Broadway shoplifting turns into robbery: A person with previous run-ins with the store management was arrested and booked for investigation of robbery after trying to steal clothing in a Tuesday, April 3rd incident at Broadway’s Panache. According to the SPD report on the incident, the tussle made a small scene on Broadway:
    Arriving police took the suspect into custody without further incident.
  • Bike burglary foiled: The victim in a March 31st bike burglary took quick action to make sure he didn’t lose another of his rides. According to the SPD report on the incident, the victim was riding home near 12th and Madison when he received a phone call from one of his neighbors in his 13th and Jefferson apartment building that a male suspect was taking off with one of his bicycles from the building’s not-so-secure bike room. The victim hustled to the area and and was able to chase down the suspect near 13th and Columbia where he threatened the thief, telling him he had bear spray. The burglar took off and left the burgled bike behind. The victim said residents of the building sometime hold the door to the bike room open and that the thief had cut a metal lock in order to steal the bike.

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