Yesler and 25th st currently closed for homicide investigation pic.twitter.com/y4nruhUNIb
— Sean Roulette-Miller (@sean_roulette) September 14, 2018
A man reported as unresponsive and with gunshot wounds to his stomach was dropped off outside First Hill’s Harborview after a round of gunfire near 24th and Yesler Friday afternoon.
Police were responding and in pursuit of a vehicle carrying the victim which arrived at 9th and Jefferson around 3:20 PM outside the hospital. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the belly, according to police radio dispatches. Seattle Fire was reported performing CPR on the victim in the street outside Harborview in the middle of a chaotic scene amid friends and family of the victim. His condition is unknown at this time.
UPDATE 9/15/18 8:25 AM: The victim was identified on police radio updates as a male in his 30s and a 25th Ave S resident. UPDATE 9/16/18 9:00 AM: Friends and family say the victim in the shooting died and police are investigating the case as a homicide. Neighbors identified the victim as Marshall Bennett. He was 38. Police have yet to confirm the death publicly. UPDATE 9/17/18 2:33 PM: Police have confirmed the death but have not released any new information in the case.
The victim later died at the hospital. This remains an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the tip line at (206) 233-5000.
Police closed the area around 24th Ave as they collected evidence including shell casings at the scene of the shooting. Schools in the area were also locked down for a time during the search for suspects. UPDATE: According to witnesses, the shooting took place at a 25th Ave S residence associated with the victim. Police found multiple shell casings at the scene and more in the street at 24th and Yesler.
The shooting adds to an ongoing tally of gun violence in the area. Wednesday night, police swarmed the area around 21st and Union after a bout of gunfire damaged vehicles parked along the streets. That shooting continued gun violence spiked in August in a string of shootings and drivebys. Police officials have said the violence stems from a resurgence in personal disputes and tensions between gangs in the Central District and South Seattle. Earlier on Friday, CHS heard updates on East Precinct radio about increased patrols in the area and along 23rd Ave.
UPDATE 5:52 PM: SPD has posted a brief on the afternoon shooting but included no additional details at this time about the victim’s condition:
Detectives are investigating after a man was shot in the Central District Friday afternoon. Witnesses began calling 911 just after 3:15 p.m. reporting shots fired at the intersection of 24 Avenue and East Yesler Way. Officers also responded to a report of a man being dropped off at Harborview Medical Center by car and confirmed it was the victim of the reported shooting. Officers were able to find a possible scene in the 2400 block of East Yesler Way. Witnesses in the area reported seeing a green sedan fleeing following the shooting. Detectives are now investigating and asking anyone with information to call the tip line at (206)233-5000. This remains an active scene and details will be updated as they are made available.
According to the latest analysis available from SPD from earlier this summer, gunfire incidents this year across the city are down from recent years: