One injured in another bout of gunfire at 29th and Alder — UPDATE

Monday night gunfire at a Central District corner with a history of shootouts and gang activity including a shots fired incident Friday afternoon sent a 27-year-old man to the hospital in stable condition but with serious injuries, a Seattle Fire spokesman said.

Seattle Police were called to an address at the corner of 29th and Alder just after 6:30 PM Monday to a report of gunfire and a vehicle speeding from the scene. Continue reading

City Council comes to Central District to talk taking on gun violence with cops on foot, SDOT improvements, economic development

Flowers and a memorial left for Royale Lexing along E Union (Image: CHS)

A slide from the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New
Americans, and Education Committee meeting

One-third of the Seattle City Council, half a dozen city department officials, and the deputy chief of the Seattle Police Department met with a crowded room of Central District residents Thursday evening as they outlined the city’s holistic approach to addressing the recent spate of gun violence in the neighborhood that has left citizens worried.

Lorena González brought herGender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans, and Education Committee committee to the CD for a special meeting In collaboration with the African American Community Advisory Council at the Seattle Vocational Institute in what has been the most significant official response to concerns about gun violence and a deadly shooting in the neighborhood.

On a Friday afternoon in mid-May, 19-year-old Royale Lexing was found dead by police outside Swedish Cherry Hill where he was rushed by private vehicle after multiple shooters exchanged fire in a chaotic scene along E Union. This was the first fatal shooting in the community in the first six and a half months of a year since 2014, according to SPD. Continue reading

Despite recent CD and Capitol Hill shootings, Seattle says its efforts against gun violence are working

(Image: SPD)

Sunday morning, gunfire again echoed across 23rd Ave running through the Central District. Meanwhile, Capitol Hill was rocked by gun violence late last month after a man suffering a mental crisis was shot when he opened fire on police and, only days later in Cal Anderson, 21-year-old Hakeem Salahud-din was murdered with a single shot to the head in the busy central park. But city officials say more is being done to curb gun violence in Seattle and police department statistics show that the efforts might be working.

In a presentation to City Council last month prior to the latest rounds of violence, Seattle Police and city officials documented what we know about the city’s shootings and what is being done to prevent them. Instead of short-term efforts like “increase patrols,” the Seattle strategies outlined include addressing issues of equity and tackling problems around mental health.

Overall, Seattle shootings have continued to drop from recent levels with 41 through the first two months of the year — 2015, 2016, and 2017 all saw around 70 incidents by the end of February. Continue reading

Sunday afternoon driveby rattles Central District — UPDATE

Neighbors and families are wondering when city officials will speak up and do more about ongoing incidents of gun violence after a driveby shooting rattled nerves and sent kids scrambling Sunday during a soccer game at Garfield High School and as many took part in MLK Day weekend events and activities in the area.

Teams and parents fled the field as 911 callers reported a round of gunshots from a car speeding away on 23rd Ave just south of the high school around noon Sunday. There were no reported injuries but responding officers found shell casings across a block of Alder between 24th and 23rd Ave. Continue reading

Police search for suspects after 21st and Union shootout, E Cherry carjacking — UPDATE

Photo of the crash scene from a neighbor

Seattle Police and the King County Sheriff’s Guardian One helicopter searched for suspects after a round of gunfire and car crash near 21st and Union Friday night.

Multiple 911 callers reported more than a dozen shots fired in the street along 21st Ave just after 9 PM. Arriving police found multiple damaged vehicles and a red Camaro crashed nearby, according to East Precinct radio reports.

As the helicopter searched the area from above, an SPD K9 unit took to the ground to try to track the vehicle’s driver who reportedly left a phone behind in the crashed car at the scene.

There were no reported injuries and no arrests. Continue reading

King County to consider requiring warning signs at gun stores

Worked for cigarettes, right? (Image: CDC/ Debora Cartagena)

Efforts to combat gun violence as a public health crisis have inspired a push to require signs posted at King County firearm retailers warning of “the increased risk of suicide, fatal acts of domestic violence, and unintentional deaths to children in homes where a gun is present,” according to an announcement on the King County Public Health proposal.

The King County Board of Health is slated to take up the proposal in its meeting Thursday. Continue reading

Tree of Life: Sadness — and calls to action — at Seattle vigil

Mourners gathered at Seattle’s Temple De Hirsch Sinai Monday night to commemorate those lost in Pittsburgh over the weekend and build community through the tragedy.

“Tonight Pittsburgh is a town in Washington state, and the Tree of Life synagogue is a synagogue in Washington state, and the reason for that is that we have one heart over the loss of this assault on the Jewish community,” Governor Jay Inslee said. “We all share a common destiny of hoping for survival and that survival depends on eliminating the concept that there is an other.” Continue reading

One shot in fight on E Union — UPDATE

The scene where the shooting occurred Wednesday morning around 3:20 AM (Images: CHS)

A victim was shot in what a witness said was a robbery gone wrong early Wednesday morning on E Union just off the main drag of the Pike/Pine nightlife district. But police say the shooting appears to be part of an altercation between two men with a grudge — not a hold-up.

SPD has confirmed the shooting and tells us the victim’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening. SPD’s brief on the incident has been added below.

Officers rushed to the area outside Sizzle Pie just after 3:20 AM to a reported disturbance and two cars speeding from the scene. They found shell casings and a trail of blood. Continue reading

Police can’t find gunman — or intended target — after overnight Capitol Hill shootout

Police found shell casings but couldn’t located the shooter or the possible intended target after a volley of gunfire on Capitol Hill early Saturday morning.

911 calls began around 3:30 AM with reports of up to eight shots fired and glass breaking on Belmont near Pine. Police arrived to find shell casings but the combatants and a vehicle possibly involved in the shootout were nowhere to be found.

Police were searching for two men reportedly seen headed west on Pine toward downtown after the gunfire. Another man seen fleeing north on Belmont during the shootout also could not be located.

There were no arrests and no immediate reports of anybody with a gunshot wound arriving at area emergency rooms.

The gun violence follows the three-month “Operation Triple Beam Jet City” led by the U.S. Marshals office which reportedly rounded up dozens of suspected criminals with gang ties off the streets of Seattle.

On night of community meeting to discuss gun violence, East Precinct investigates another drive-by shooting

The East Precinct Advisory Council (EastPAC) gathered for its monthly meeting Thursday to discuss an ongoing wave of shootings and gang activity in the neighborhood and Seattle Police and City Hall’s response to quell the violence.

A recent period of quiet following the shooting death of a man on 25th Ave S earlier this month was busted in the hours before Thursday night’s meeting breaking a string of 17 days without a shots fired incident in the Central District or on Capitol Hill. In the AutoZone parking lot at 23rd and Jackson, two groups in cars exchanged gunfire and witnesses reported people running in opposite directions in an incident reported just before 5 PM, according to Sergeant Andrew Zwaschka, a member of SPD’s gang unit who spoke at the EastPAC meeting.

“We want to put shooters in prison,” Sgt. Zwaschka said. “It takes a lot of time. It’s hard to stand up here and ask for patience when you’re laying in your bed at night and you hear gunfire outside of your window.” Continue reading