Two shot after bullets fly at Chop Suey — UPDATE

Clubs and bars around E Madison were cleared Wednesday night as police searched for possible victims after a bout of gunfire at the Chop Suey nightclub, according to witnesses and SPD radio dispatches.

According to radio reports, police were not able to find a victim reported to be in the club’s bathroom. Police did find a bloody shirt at the scene and a bullet hole in the club’s back door. UPDATE: A reported teenage victim with a gunshot wound to the arm was located at nearby Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill’s urgent care facility. UPDATE x2: Around 11:45 PM, another victim who said he had been shot near Chop Suey was reported at a medical facility south of Seattle.

Residents and club goers reported hearing multiple shots around 9:45 PM. There were also reported shots nearby a few blocks away on E Madison. Police were setting up crime scenes across the area including inside the club to collect evidence and interview witnesses. Continue reading

Man dead in shooting at 24th and Spruce

A man who was shot late Tuesday night in the Central District near 24th and E Spruce died at the scene according to Seattle Fire radio.

Seattle Fire and police rushed to the area around 11:20 PM after a caller reported hearing gunfire and women saying a man was on the ground at the corner.

SFD medics attempted CPR but other responding units were called off when the victim died at the scene just south of Garfield High School, according to radio dispatches.

Earlier in the night, residents had also called 911 to report gunfire in the area.

Police cordoned off the area to collect evidence and look for shell casings. The department’s CSI unit was at the scene.

All information in this report is preliminary and has not been confirmed with SPD or SFD. UPDATE 12:23 AM: SPD has confirmed the fatal shooting:

UPDATE 11:49 AM: SPD has posted a report on the shooting:

Homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a man late last night in the Central District. On November 21st, at 11:23 pm, East Precinct officers responded to reports of a person down at 24th Avenue and East Spruce Street. Officers arrived and found Seattle Fire personnel performing CPR on a 45-year-old male who was suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite the efforts of SFD, the victim was declared deceased at the scene. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. Crime Scene Investigators also responded and processed the scene. This remains an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Seattle Police.

Hickey pleads guilty in porn scam case

With his rape trial set to begin next week, Matt Hickey has reached a plea deal that will keep the former Capitol Hill journalist behind bars but will help the 41-year-old avoid a much longer sentence.

According to King County court records of the plea agreement reached by defense attorney James Bible, Hickey has pleaded guilty to one count of indecent liberties and two counts of assault with intent to commit indecent liberties. He had faced four separate counts of second degree rape.

The Stranger’s Sydney Brownstone, whose investigation of the fake porn “auditions” is credited with bringing Hickey to justice, reports that he will face a sentence of up to 36 months in jail in the plea deal and will be required to register as a sex offender when he is released. “This outcome means that the women who brought the charges against Hickey will not have to undergo a trial with cross-examination, a re-traumatizing experience for many rape survivors who often have their characters and sexual histories questioned on the stand,” she writes. “Instead, Hickey’s victims will read victim impact statements at his sentencing, currently scheduled for late December, to help the judge determine Hickey’s punishment.”

Hickey’s sentencing is scheduled for December 22nd.

Community crime group wants you to help form SPD’s ‘micro community’ policing plans for Hill, Central District neighborhoods

SPD’s East Precinct MCCP Zones

The East Precinct Advisor Council, a group that facilitates communication and meetings with Seattle Police representatives and the communities of Central Seattle including Capitol Hill and the Central District, are asking area residents and business owners to add their opinions to a set of surveys regarding public safety and “prevention programs” —

The Public Safety Survey conducted by Seattle University is used to identify your neighborhoods priorities in the Micro Community Policing Plans (MCPP). The Seattle Police Department uses the MCPP to help set their priorities. This is your chance to weigh in. There is only two weeks left. Please visit to participate, 11 languages are supported.


The second survey, the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative helps Healthy Youth Central Area Network (HYCAN) to select prevention programs to strengthen communities and empower youth. This survey directly affects funding for programs at both Washington Middle School and Garfield High School. Time is also short for this survey.

HYCAN strives to increase community strengths through prevention and intervention strategies that support youth in making healthy life choices.

Please complete and submit both surveys, and also, please forward to your neighbors.

CHS wrote about SPD’s “micro community” policing strategy here.

Man hit in arm, another arrested in Broadway parking lot shootout — UPDATE

One man was shot and another was taken into custody after at least 27 shots were fired inside a 1500 block Broadway parking structure early Sunday morning, SPD reports:

Detectives are investigating after a man was shot in the arm early Sunday morning on Capitol Hill.

Officers on patrol in the 1500 block of Broadway just before 4 a.m. Sunday morning heard multiple gunshots coming from a nearby parking garage. Officers quickly converged on the area and saw multiple cars leaving the area.

Witnesses began calling 911 and reporting that some people in a Chevy Tahoe may have been involved. Officers spotted that vehicle leaving the area and stopped it. The officers noticed bullet damage to the SUV and saw a handgun on the floorboard. The passenger, a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm, admitted to owning the gun. Officers placed the man in custody and booked him into King County Jail for the firearms violation. Officers impounded the Tahoe for further investigation.

While investigating, a man arrived at Harborview Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the arm, in a vehicle that was seen by witnesses fleeing the shooting scene. Officers spoke with the shooting victim and released him pending additional investigation.

Officers collected 27 shell casings of varying calibers from the garage. Homicide/Assault detectives will be conducting follow-up investigation as this case moves forward

According to East Precinct radio reports, one witness told police the gunfire broke out as around 50 people were fighting around 3:30 AM in the lower Harvard Market parking lot below the QFC at Broadway and Pike. Police arrived to find some fleeing on foot and reports of two vehicles speeding from the scene south on Broadway. A Chevy Tahoe described by witnesses matched the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier disturbance in the area, according to SPD radio. That SUV was stopped again at a First Hill gas station as police searched the area following the shooting. Police took one person from the vehicle into custody for a firearms violation.

Inside the parking structure, police found multiple shell casings and a nearly full .45 caliber magazine. Officers also found a large amount of blood in a stairwell and began sending units to nearby hospitals, according to SPD radio. The male with the gunshot wound arrived at Swedish First Hill minutes later and told staff he had been shot on Capitol Hill, according to radio dispatches.

Sunday morning’s shooting followed another Saturday afternoon at a 23rd Ave car wash in which shots were fired but fortunately there were no injuries reported.

Meanwhile, this is the third year in a row for a pulse of gun violence around Capitol Hill in November. In 2015, five people were injured in a drive-by shooting outside the QFC at Broadway and Pike. In 2016, 31-year-old Jacob Osborne-Bash was murdered in a shooting at 13 and Olive. That crime remains unsolved.

Police investigating gunfire at 23rd and Union car wash

Police are investigating after a burst of gunfire at a 23rd Ave car wash reportedly targeted a woman who fled in terror inside a nearby business to escape Saturday afternoon, according to police radio dispatches.

We have not yet confirmed details with police but East Precinct radio reported several units converging at Uncle Ike’s car wash just north of 23rd and Union after a bout of gunfire was reported just before 1:30 PM.

The victim was uninjured, according to radio reports.

Police were searching for a green Camaro carrying two men reportedly involved in the shooting. A car matching that description was stopped about two miles south of the shooting scene and one person was detained but we do not yet know if police have connected him to the shooting.

King County to ‘reorg’ a public health approach to juvenile justice

King County Executive Dow Constantine signed an order Thursday directing the health department to make a plan and timeline for juvenile justice reform. Seattle Police Department Chief Kathleen O’Toole supports the order.

“I wholeheartedly support this bold step to transform the way our community handles juvenile offenders,” O’Toole said in a statement. “Credible research suggests that we can reduce crime by bringing a rehabilitative, public health approach to juvenile justice. In addition to the change that’s being announced today, I also believe we must continue to expand programs that support all of Seattle’s young people early in life, investments that are essential to preventing youth from becoming offenders in the first place.” Continue reading

Trial of Capitol Hill photographer charged with rape set to begin

The trial of Matt Hickey, the Capitol Hill gadfly, photographer, and freelancer accused of rape through fake porn “auditions,” is scheduled to begin November 27th.

Barring any further continuance, prosecutors hope to charge Hickey with four separate counts of second degree rape. Hickey’s initial October 2016 court date postponed due to Hickey’s refusal to waive the extradition process as he sat in a Nevada jail. His first appeared in court November 29th, 2016 where pleaded not guilty. Hickey remains jailed on $200,000 bail.

The Stranger’s Sydney Brownstone first investigated and revealed Hickey’s alleged rape and scams last year. The Los Angeles Times highlighted Brownstone’s work in a story on the case last week.

SPD’s investigation turned up more alleged rapes since 2001. Hickey, meanwhile, claims sexual contact with the victims was consensual.

Community crime meeting takes on Capitol Hill, Central District package thefts

Many Deliveries

There are so many package thefts on Capitol Hill that we only mention the interesting ones in CHS blotter reports. With online ordering about to peak for the season, find out how you can keep your packages safe and how you can help your building be more secure at the next meeting of the East Precinct Advisory Council, Thursday night:

EastPac Meeting

Experts from the SPD’s burglary unit will be on hand to give you tips and answer questions.

Blotter | Driver OK after bat thrown off Pike overpass smashes through windshield

(Image: WSP)

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Bat through windshield: The Washington State Patrol reports that a woman suffered minor injuries after a bat apparently thrown from the Pike overpass slammed through her windshield Saturday. Pictures of the aftermath were posted by the WSP Saturday afternoon. There were no immediate arrests. If you have any information that could help in the investigation, call SPD at (206) 625-5011.

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