Family has identified the man who died in Friday night’s shooting in a shopping center parking lot above Broadway and Pike as 24-year-old Jafar Mack
The South Seattle man was shot and killed in the Harvard Market parking lot just before midnight.
Police received reports of a fight disturbance and an armed male in the parking lot and rushed to the area where they found Mack and a chaotic scene with possible suspects fleeing amid witnesses to the bloodshed in front of the shopping center’s Bartell’s.
Police say one person was detained and questioned but say there have been no arrests. SPD has asked anybody with information to call the homicide tip line at (206) 233-5000.
The parking lot above the QFC and Harvard Market shopping center has long been a late night hangout — and SPD trouble spot. In 2016, police and ownership stepped up efforts to keep the parking lot free of the large crowds that congregate on weekend nights after a woman was hit in the chest in a round of gunfire in the shopping center.
UPDATE: Ownership of the shopping center tells CHS that the upper lot had worked with SPD previously on limited hours and access but that the efforts did not seem to be effective. There have been no special restrictions in place in recent years and problems with crowds, the ownership representative said, seem to come and go with warmer weather and the seasons. Harvard Market employs security personnel to monitor the lot. The QFC is open until 1 AM nightly and the shopping center also advertises “evening public parking specials.” The representative said Friday night’s incident included the windows being shot out of one of the shopping center’s storefronts.
Occurring only ten days into the new year, Mack’s death was the first homicide of 2019 in the East Precinct covering Capitol Hill, the Central District, and nearby neighborhoods. There were three investigated in 2018, and two in 2017.
The last shooting death investigated by police on Capitol Hill happened in November 2016 as 31-year-old Jacob Osborne-Bash was gunned down at 13th and Olive.
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