Here is why news is wrong about SPD’s Capitol Hill patrols

Seattle Police gang detectives believed they were circling in on suspects involved in Sunday morning’s drive-by shooting at Pike and Broadway as the investigation continued Tuesday but reports of increased patrols in the neighborhood in response to the incident are not accurate.

“In response to the shooting, police plan to increase nighttime foot patrols in the area,” the Seattle Times reported. Other media outlets have followed.

But a SPD spokesperson tells CHS that no actual increase in the number of patrol officers is hitting the streets in response to the shooting — ongoing weekend emphasis patrols started earlier this year to curb nightlife-related crime, however, will continue.

“We increased the number of officers on foot beats earlier this year and have kept them in place because we know they’re important,” a SPD spokesperson said in a statement.

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As investigation continues, mayor, East Precinct commander address Broadway/Pike shootings

Mayor Murray and Capt. McDonagh spoke with QFC employees Sunday night (Image: CHS)

Mayor Murray and Capt. McDonagh spoke with QFC employees Sunday night (Image: CHS)

A still from the video appears to have captured images of the assailant's vehicle heading south on Broadway (Image via KIRO video clip)

A still from the video appears to have captured images of the assailant’s vehicle heading south on Broadway (Image via KIRO video clip)

Mayor Ed Murray and East Precinct commander Capt. Paul McDonagh stood at the corner of Broadway and Pike Sunday night just feet from where one of five victims injured in a drive-by shooting fell early that morning.

The officials said they believe the neighborhood remains vibrant and relatively safe as a police department “in transition” works to solve the crime and quell a rise in gun violence in Seattle.

Meanwhile, KIRO has posted a video from what appears to be a private vehicle’s dashcam that shows the graphic shooting scene that unfolded early Sunday morning.

The car used in the attack made a slow turn onto Broadway from E Pike as a string of at least a dozen shots began and people in a group standing on the corner in front of the grocery store flailed and fell to the pavement. Four people were shot in the chaos and one was injured so badly by the exploding glass of a shattered QFC door that medics first believed the woman had been shot multiple times in the chest. Seattle Fire said the five victims in the shooting suffered minor injuries — but concern remained high in the neighborhood.

“We do see an increase in gun violence in this city and cities around America,” Murray said Sunday night to a group of business and community leaders including representatives from the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Capitol Hill Community Council. “It’s concerning to us.” Murray told the group the situation “has all of our attention.”

Capt. McDonagh said gang detectives continue to investigate leads in the case following the 1 AM shootings and injuries near the Harvard Market shopping center and busy parking lots used by many nightlife revelers. Plywood covered the broken QFC door but a hole employees say was caused by a wayward bullet remained unpatched inside the market Sunday night. The precinct commander said he could not share any updates on the case but the mayor said he expected to hear more about what transpired at Broadway and Pike soon. Police were looking for information about the silver sedan where the gunfire came from that was reported to have immediately fled the scene following the shooting. Continue reading

Five injured in shooting at Broadway and Pike

UPDATE 11/22/2015 7:34 PMAs investigation continues, mayor, East Precinct commander address Broadway/Pike shootings

At least four people were reported shot in multiple bursts of gunfire near Broadway and Pike outside the QFC early Sunday morning. The store’s front door was shattered at the shooting scene. One victim was reported to have died by people at the scene but authorities say that the situation is not a homicide. Seattle Fire now says five victims suffered gunshot wound injuries or were injured by glass.

Police found multiple people injured and bleeding outside the QFC and near the upper level the parking lot in the incident just after 1 AM. One victim was also reported found inside the market with a gunshot wound to the leg.

UPDATE 8:40 AM: SPD has posted its report on the incident.

Gang Unit detectives are conducting the follow up investigation after four people were struck by gunshots.

At approximately 1:00 am, 0fficers responded to the intersection of Broadway and Pike, where  witnesses reported hearing an argument between a group of people just before shots were fired. Witness reported that the shots came from a silver sedan, that immediately fled the scene following the shooting.  Four people were struck by gunshots and one person was struck by  glass fragments from the nearby large glass windows from the grocery store that shattered.   Seattle Fire Department responded and transported the injured victims to Harborview Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Continue reading

Teen struck in leg in E Cherry shooting

A male in his 20s teenager was shot in the leg Thursday night in an exchange of gunfire on E Cherry.

Police were called to the area after multiple reports of gunfire near the Garfield Community Center around 10 PM. Officers searched the area and found at least one shell casing but no victims.

UPDATE 11/20/2015 11:28 AM: SPD says the victim in the shooting is a 16-year-old:

A 16-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting Thursday in the Central District. Witnesses called 911 around 10 PM and reported hearing gunfire near 23rd Avenue and E. Cherry Street. When police arrived, they learned three young men reportedly targeted in the shooting had run from the scene. According to witnesses, the gunman had fled in a burgundy Ford Mustang. As officers were searching the scene for evidence a 16-year-old boy limped toward officers and showed them he had a gunshot wound to his ankle. Police called for medics, who transported the teen to Harborview Medical Center. SPD Gang Unit detectives are investigating the incident.

Around 10:20 PM, a male victim approached an officer near 24th and Cherry to report his injury, according to East Precinct radio.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene to treat the victim.

After a summer of gunfire incidents in Central Seattle, federal authorities have been working with SPD to crackdown on firearm-related crime in the area. Thursday, the FBI announced nine people had been taken into custody in a law enforcement operation focused on guns and drugs in the area around 23rd and Union.

Federal agents, SPD arrest 9 in CD drug and firearm investigation

A team of federal and local law enforcement agencies arrested nine people Wednesday following an investigation into firearms and narcotics dealing around 23rd and E Union.

According to the FBI’s Seattle division, investigators identified a hierarchy of narcotics distributors operating around 23rd and Union, which led them to a house near Beacon Hill Elementary School. At the house, the task force recovered cocaine, around $22,000 in cash, and an assault rifle.

The operation was a combined effort of the FBI Seattle Safe Streets Task Force, ATF Puget Sound Crime Gun Taskforce, and the Seattle Police Department. The FBI says the investigation is ongoing as law enforcement agencies continue to identify individuals involved.

FBI spokesperson Ayn Dietrich-Williams told CHS those arrested were not necessarily detained at 23rd and Union. “It was all pretty fluid,” she said. The FBI provided the following list of those arrested in the operation: Continue reading

Blotter | Man charged with hate crime in Pike/Pine knife threat

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  • Hate crime charges: 24-year-old Joseph Marsh faces hate crime charges for allegedly pulling a knife and using an anti-gay slur in an incident outside R Place in the early hours of November 9th. The incident made SPD’s blotter after Marsh’s alleged outburst over being complimented on his boots. According to police, after Marsh threatened to kill the man who complimented his Timberlands outside R Place, he tried to enter the Unicorn but was stopped by an employee because he appeared intoxicated and had an expired ID. Marsh also faces an additional harassment charge after allegedly stabbing the Unicorn’s front door before his arrest. Marsh, who was already wanted on a warrant at the time of his arrest, has past convictions for second degree robbery and assault and remains jailed on $100,000 bail.
  • Seattle murder suspect convicted of armed-robbery: Ali Muhammad Brown, the accused killer who claimed political motivations for a murder spree that included the 2014 Central District slaying of two men he met after a night out on Capitol Hill, has been convicted in New Jersey of unrelated armed-robbery charges. Seattle Police say Brown killed 27-year-old Ahmed Said and 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young in a “premeditated” and “unprovoked” June 1st attack at 29th and King. While Brown faces charges in the Seattle slayings, a murder and terrorism case against the suspect for a New Jersey killing is also underway. Continue reading

Blotter | Police looking for suspect after series of Capitol Hill indecent exposure incidents

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  • Miller Park peeper: Police are looking for the suspect in a series of indecent exposure and peeping incidents around 17th and Thomas in Capitol Hill’s Miller Park neighborhood after an incident early last Thursday morning in which a woman said she was chased by the man. The suspect, police say, has made some unusual fall fashion choices — he’s been seen wearing cut-off denim shorts and a long black or brown wig. If you think you might be able to help identify the suspect, call SPD’s Special Assault Unit at 684-5575 or call 911.

A man dressed in a long wig and cutoff denim shorts reportedly chased a woman in the Miller Park neighborhood early Thursday, and police are now investigating whether he may have also exposed himself to other women in the area. Continue reading

First Hill burglary hits Archdiocese of Seattle but ‘priceless’ relic untouched

The First Hill offices of the Archdiocese of Seattle were burglarized over the weekend but the thief left an important religious relic untouched, according to Seattle Police.

SPD announced it is investigating the weekend burglary after an employee called police Monday morning to report someone had pried open several doors:

Staff found a burglar had rummaged through offices on several floors of the five-story building, and were still trying to figure out what was taken in the break-in. So far, employees have found cash and a laptop were missing, and one staff member reported a thief had taken a stash of change he had set aside for use in the building’s vending machines.

While a laptop and cash were among the items reported stolen, the burglary apparently wasn’t interested in a religious relic in Archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s office. The relic was described as “priceless,” according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

East Precinct burglary detectives are investigating.

30-month federal hate crime sentence in Capitol Hill knife attack

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 3.28.46 PMThe Department of Justice announced Monday afternoon that the 38-year-old man convicted of a federal hate crime for a January attack on Capitol Hill has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail.

Prosecutors said Troy Deacon Burns threatened three men with a knife while yelling homophobic slurs near Harvard and Pike in the January 25th attack. Because the knife “travelled in interstate commerce,” prosecutors charged the defendant in federal court.

Burns faced up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The defendant reached a plea agreement in August and “admitted that just after midnight on Jan. 25, 2015, he attacked three gay men who were walking in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood,” the DOJ announcement reads.

According to investigators, Burns had been living in shelters, is addicted to drugs, and was on Capitol Hill to sell meth the night of the crime.

The hate crime case helped spark a wave of concern this year about anti-gay bias crimes on Capitol Hill. This summer, Mayor Ed Murray’s LGBTQ task force released a report with recommendations for strengthening the gay community and increasing safety in the city. Other efforts underway include SPD’s Safe Place program and a new nighttime LGBTQ safety shuttle.

The full DOJ announcement is below.

A Bremerton, Washington, man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison following his conviction of a federal hate crime, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes of the Western District of Washington. Continue reading

Woman rescued from E Madison donation bin — UPDATE: Blotter

A night soaked with heavy rain included an unusual rescue for the Seattle Fire Department.

Seattle Police called for a rescue response overnight after a woman was found trapped inside a clothing donation bin behind the gas station at near 16th and Madison early Monday morning.

The woman was uninjured in the callout just before 3 AM but had reportedly climbed into the bin and was unable to get out, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Seattle Fire rolled out a multiple-unit “heavy rescue” response to evaluate the situation but most units were quickly turned loose. We don’t know how the woman was rescued from the big, blue bin. A Seattle Fire spokesperson said she didn’t have information about how the woman was ultimately rescued. Continue reading