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One victim, vehicles and buildings hit in 23rd and Jackson shootout — UPDATE

At least one person was reported shot and witnesses reported multiple shootout scenes Saturday night near 23rd and Jackson.

According to Seattle Police radio reports on the 8 PM incident, police identified at least one shooting scene in the parking lot between the Starbucks and Walgreens in the shopping center at the corner of 23rd and Jackson. There was a report of blood and shell casings found at the parking lot scene, multiple shell casings on 24th Ave S, and bullet damage to a car reported near 24th and Main. A resident at 24th and Yesler reported a bullet had gone through their window.

Police were also responding to Harborview where a victim arrived following the shooting. We do not have information about their condition at this time.

UPDATE 4/22/2019: Police tell CHS the victim that arrived at Harborview was a male with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

The gunfire follows a shootout investigated Wednesday afternoon in the same area. There were no reported injuries in that incident.

Early Saturday morning, a person was also reported to have been shot in a Pine parking lot popular with Capitol Hill nightlife crowds.

UPDATE 4/22/2019 11:20 AM: SPD has posted a brief on the shooting. We’re checking with SPD regarding the discrepancies in the location of the shooting:

In the second incident, witnesses called 911 around 7:45 pm Saturday to report a fight at Judkins Park. As officers were arriving on that call additional reports of shots fired at 24 Avenue and East Yesler Street began coming in. Officers quickly converged on the area and found a pool of blood but no victim. Minutes later, a 25-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his shoulder arrived at Harborview Medical Center. Gang Unit detectives are investigating both cases and ask anyone with information to please call the Violent Crimes tip line at 206-233-5000.


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White powder in hazardous material response at Capitol Hill house turns out to be drugs

Neighbors near Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park saw a peculiar scene unfold Wednesday night as Seattle Fire personnel carefully brought an envelope containing a suspicious white powder out of a home on the block and into the front yard. Fortunately, this wasn’t a terrorist attack on a single family home. Instead, the suspicious white powder turned out to be a drug, a Seattle Fire spokesperson tells CHS.

SFD was called to the home around 9 PM to a report that a suspicious envelope found at the address contained an unknown powder. Continue reading

SPD looking for suspect after string of Broadway arson fires

The man was caught on Corvus and Co. security video

Seattle Police confirm that they are looking for a suspect who entered Corvus and Co. and lit fire to one of the Broadway bar’s bathrooms early Wednesday morning.

The bar’s owner posted security video and a photo of the man he says “carried a large propane torch” into the venue in the 600 block of Broadway E around 12:30 AM Wednesday and set fire to a restroom. “This guy was serious. Let’s find this guy before someone gets hurt,” the owner writes.

SPD says they are investigating the attempted arson. Seattle Fire was called to the scene around 12:36 AM Wednesday. Continue reading

You can help save the 17th Ave E ‘impound notice’ community bench — UPDATE

Neighbors have a plan to save the bench on the sidewalk along 17th Ave E that nobody is quite sure who owns but the city says need to be fixed up if it is going to stay in the right of way.

“This bench is used and beloved by many in our small neighborhood of Capitol Hill, and if we don’t restore it the city will take steps to get rid of it,” neighbors write. “Thank you in advance for any support you can give to help us keep the bench for all to use in the neighborhood!”

You can add your donation here.

The effort is hoped to raise $2,500 to “replace the wood slats, dowels and metal bolts with the help of a contractor, and place a permanent receptacle for trash on it as well.” Continue reading

Dozens of shots but no reported injuries in shootout near 23rd and Jackson

There were no reported injuries as bursts of gunfire rattled the area around 23rd and Jackson and put nearby schools in lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

Seattle Police rushed to the reported shooting scene near 23rd and Main just after 2 PM after a report of dozens of gunshots. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were searching for two to three suspects reportedly armed with handguns seen by witnesses as the melee broke out. Some witnesses reported that the shooters appeared to be juveniles and at least one possible suspect was reportedly riding a bicycle as he fled the scene. Police were also looking for vehicles possibly involved in the shootout. Continue reading

At The Garage, Bowlero hopes to keep the ‘vibe’ without throwing a Capitol Hill gutter ball on ‘authenticity’

In the midst of a West Coast expansion, the folks at the New York City-based Bowlero company want you to know this about its plans for Capitol Hill bowling alley and pool hall The Garage:

“The core is that we’re going to keep that vibe, keep the authenticity,” Bowlero spokesperson Colie Edison tells CHS, confirming our report last week that the AMF family of bowling focused companies was taking over the 1996-founded Broadway bowling alley from its founding ownership with plans for an overhaul that will update the bowling center with an arcade and bar and food service.

Edison said no name change is planned for the venue and that while the currently 21and over bar setting for the Garage will likely give away to an all ages setup, she still expects times when the 1130 Broadway hangout will be adults only for nightlife hours.

The sale is not necessarily a time for congratulations for longtime owner Mike Bitondo. He and business partner Alex Rosenast founded the Garage two decades ago after a chance run-in with the property’s owner at a Mariner’s game. Three years ago, Bitondo bought his partner out so he could spend more time with family and away from the day to day grind of owning a business.

Now Bitondo is also ready to step away. Continue reading

Walkout at Seattle Central part of call for state to provide more funding for community colleges

Students joined faculty and staff at walkouts across the Seattle Colleges system Tuesday including a rally on Broadway outside Seattle Central to support legislation currently being considered in Olympia to more fully fund Washington’s community and technical colleges.

“The walkout is intended to illustrate the crisis faced by the community and technical colleges (CTC) because of the State Legislature’s failure to adequately fund programs, salaries and student support,” organizers from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) local 1789 wrote. “For over a decade, the State has covered only 65% of college expenses, while increases in student tuition, budget cuts, and reserve money have attempted to cover the gap.” Continue reading

Provider selected for program to restore homelessness outreach to Broadway

The Seattle Human Services Department made an announcement Monday on a key decision that will put homelessness outreach workers back on the streets around Broadway.

The city department’s selection panel has chosen Evergreen Treatment Center’s REACH program to fulfill its $244,400 portion of a new effort to put the workers into action in three neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, the International District/Chinatown, and First Hill.

“Outreach services are defined as efforts to approach and engage someone with the objective of developing a relationship of trust and connecting that person with resources. Services may include addressing a person’s survival needs, providing health and other education, facilitating access to available services such as diversion or emergency shelter, and establishing ongoing, trusting relationships,” HSD says. Continue reading

Lynching graffiti found at Seattle Central investigated as hate crime

Racist graffiti in a stairwell at Capitol Hill’s Seattle Central College condemned by the school president in a letter to the campus community is being investigated as a hate crime, a Seattle Police spokesperson tells CHS.

The letter from Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange references black marker graffiti showing “several bodies hanging from ropes” found in March in the school’s stairway B of the Broadway Edison building. Lange said an ominous message accompanied the drawings — “Damn your strange fruit.”

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911 | Investigation on Broadway after Friday morning dumpster fire and charred newspaper box

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  • Broadway fires: Investigators were collecting evidence after Seattle Fire quickly handled a set of suspicious fires along Broadway Friday morning that roasted a dumpster and charred a Seattle Weekly newspaper box. SFD was called to the dumpster fire in the 300 block of Broadway E just after 5:30 AM and found the large garbage bin near the Teriyaki and Wok in flames, according to emergency radio dispatches. Firefighters were able to quickly douse the fire with water before it threatened nearby buildings and a propane tank. About 20 minutes later, Seattle Police reported a newspaper box outside the 200 block Broadway E building home to Jai Thai was also on fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the small fire in a Seattle Weekly paper box using only a pump can. Both fires were being investigated as suspicious. There were no reported injuries. Lanes of Broadway were temporarily closed to traffic during the responses.

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