Here’s what police say really happened in Broadway/Pike shooting

Tuesday afternoon outside of QFC, there really was gunfire, there really were two shots fired and broken grocery store glass, and, even though he couldn’t be found, there really was a man who got shot.

Police say they believe Tuesday’s shooting at Broadway and Pike was an act of self-defense by a legally armed man. Here’s what the shooter told police:

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Arriving officers cuffed the shooter during the initial investigation but eventually released him at the scene. He told police he didn’t know the man he said attacked him. Witnesses at Broadway and Pike that afternoon agreed that it appeared the shooter was the victim:

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Two shell casings were recovered at the scene. But the man who was shot could not be found… until three and a half hours later:

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Police say the man who was shot was not taken into custody but could face charges for the assault. They also report that he wasn’t pleased to find out the shooter wasn’t arrested:

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Police tell CHS that the shooter’s actions — even as they played out on a crowded corner in the middle of Capitol Hill — appear to have been entirely legal.

Capitol Hill food+drink | Sizzle Pie and Dark Bar open in Pike/Pine

Jacobson, right, and McKennedy (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Skater bros and metalheads finally have a place to drink brews, eat pizza, and be themselves in Pike/Pine. And everybody else can come, too.

“Our whole approach is to have something for everyone,” Matt Jacobson (on the right, above), who founded Sizzle Pie with partner Mikey McKennedy in 2011, tells CHS. “We have a pretty comprehensive menu, vegan, and gluten free.”

The new restaurant and accompanying Dark Bar opens for real Thursday after a few nights of “soft openings” for the heavy metal pizza joint. It will keep some of the latest hours in Pike/Pine — and pretty much never rest.

“At Sizzle Pie, we don’t close,” Jacobson said. “Open on Christmas. Open on Thanksgiving. There are a lot of transplants in cities. We’re happy to be one of those places when everything is closed and you want some place to go.”

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The pizza is described as “classic and unconventional” with en emphasis on variety and some surprising options like, yup, breakfast pizza. “Available all day.” There are “meat,” “vegetarian,” and “vegan” pie menus, as well as a set of special “seasonal” choices. You’ll pay around $25 for a large. A slice and a salad deal runs $7.

Though Sizzle Pie is a sibling to Jacobson’s now 25-year-old Relapse Records, live music isn’t part of the recipe. But late o’clock in the morning hours are. “When we decided to put flag in the ground, we knew we were going to have some slow Mondays and Tuesdays,” Jacobson said. “Now we’re known as the place that is open late.” Sizzle Pie Capitol Hill has transformed the former home of sports bar Auto Battery into a hardworking pizza hangout. The staff will keep rocking from 11:00 AM to 3:00 AM Sundays through Thursdays and until 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. The former Po Dog hot dog shop next door is now the Dark Bar, exorcising demons and giving you some new ones every day, 4 PM to 2 in the metal funking morning.

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Police search for victim after reported Broadway/Pike shooting — UPDATE: Found

Seattle Police took one into custody following a reported shooting at Broadway and Pike Tuesday afternoon — but couldn’t track down a victim.

The incident began just before 2 PM as witnesses told CHS two men were seen fighting in front of the QFC. Police said the victim appeared to have been shot in the lower back and fled the scene. One male was taken into custody and could be seen cuffed and sitting on the hood of a squad car at the corner. Witnesses said the fight may have involved an airgun. SPD has not yet said if a gun was recovered at the scene but the victim who fled was not believed to be armed.

A search for the victim spread around the neighborhood and to nearby emergency rooms. As of 2:30 PM, the white male had not been located. One tip said he had fled in a cab headed west on Pine but police didn’t turn anything up with the taxi company, according to East Precinct radio.

SPD said it will update us once it sorts the situation out.

UPDATE: From SPD — we’re also asking for more information about if a gun was recovered and any shots fired involved with the incident:

UPDATE 4/27/2016 7:10 PM: A KOMO reporter says the victim was tracked down in Green Lake, bleeding in a bar. We’re still waiting for more from SPD whose communications team was out for training Wednesday.

A pizza joint every two blocks: Meltdown Pizza Co. ready to serve its slice of Capitol Hill

In a Capitol Hill’s pizza economy so strong that even Amante’s is upgrading its game on E Olive Way, there are are two new openings to celebrate this week.

Meltdown Pizza Co., at Pine and Minor in a former therapeutic shoe shop at the base of Capitol Hill, is already up and running. Catch up.



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Capitol Hill’s royal funeral for Prince: dancing, sermons, street art


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Pop music legend Prince was remembered across Capitol Hill this weekend in karaoke bars and on the streets where a dance party briefly broke out on E Pike before sending patrons back inside the taverns and restaurants for Purple One-inspired playlists.

“We have so many choices of what we do in our lives,” Witness owner Gregg Holcomb said Saturday night, as he made Prince the subject of his weekly sermon inside the Broadway bar. “Let’s try and bring a little bit of love, and a little bit of sex, and a little bit of peace. And try to honor his memory as long as we can.”

On E Pike, Neumos, the Comet Tavern, and Big Mario’s hyped the Pike/Pine crowd into a disco that briefly closed off the street for a mini Capitol Hill Block Party with Prince’s music and purple lights up and down the street. East Precinct brass, clearly wanting to keep a tight lid on things one night after a shooting incident on the backside of Pike/Pine came in a string of gun violence across Seattle, told the Neumos management they needed to bring the tribute party to a close and gave the revelers 20 more minutes to enjoy the party. By 11:15 PM, the music was moved inside out of any purple rain and the friendly crowd — which reportedly included Mayor Ed Murray — was back on the sidewalks or inside the bars.

Prince’s night of tributes is the second wave of memorial energy to sweep over the Hill in 2016 in a year that has seen what feels like a greater than usual share of notable deaths. In January, David Bowie’s passing was also marked across Capitol Hill. Be ready for more and what could be a nearly perpetual state of pop culture mourning fueled by art and creativity, social media, marketing, and good old fashioned nostalgia at the scale of an increasingly interconnected planet.

More pictures from the remembrances, below.

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Police investigate drive-by shooting at 12th and Madison

A night of gun violence across Seattle overnight included a burst of gunfire in a drive-by shooting on Capitol Hill. The attack played out with a hail of bullets between people in two vehicles as they sped by patrons enjoying the night on Pony bar’s busy patio at 12th and Madison just after 1 AM, according to police radio dispatches.

There were no reported serious injuries.

It could have been much worse. Police found one victim who was believed to have been struck in the back during the shooting — the slug did not penetrate the victim’s skin.

Police recovered slugs and shells from at least three areas around the shooting where someone opened fire as two vehicles passed. One vehicle fled the scene eastbound on Union, the other west. Streets were closed and evidence gathered at the main scene outside the IHOP at 10th and Seneca where one of the involved vehicles was ditched, while bullets and shells were also being recovered at 12th and Madison, and 13th and Union. A car parked at 12th and Madison was also found with a bullet hole in its window.

According to witnesses, the two cars involved were a 4-door sedan and an SUV. Police found the SUV abandoned nearby at 10th and Seneca. Shortly after the shooting, another vehicle with bullet damage was stopped by police at Broadway and Cherry but it’s not clear if the stopped vehicle was the sedan involved in the shooting or a possible third vehicle involved in the drive-by.

Multiple witnesses at Pony told police they saw a male shooting from the window of the sedan as it passed the SUV.

A standard of late night social media conversations around the central city also quickly played out on the streets: fireworks or gunshots? A burst of sparkles from somebody’s bottle rocket coincided with the actual gunshots, according to police radio.

Police response to the Capitol Hill shooting early Saturday morning was rapid with gang units already in the area for Pike/Pine’s weekend emphasis patrols. Earlier this month, SPD credited its stepped-up presence in the entertainment district with a bust that netted a heavily armed, suspected drug dealer. Evidence collection following shootings has been one key weapon in trying to stem the tide of gun violence. Saturday morning, with the chaos from the shooting spreading across three or four blocks, police closed off the area around a single slug somehow found on the ground at 12th and Madison. Matching bullets and casings to gun types and specific guns means every crime scene is combed for items to be collected, cataloged, and, hopefully, matched.

The shooting followed a night of gunfire earlier this week in the Central District near Powell Barnett Park. Wednesday night around 8 PM, police were called to a report of a shootout involving at least two vehicles. They arrived to find shell casings and, fortunately, no victims.

The Capitol Hill incident was also part of a string of shooting across Seattle overnight. In Pioneer Square, multiple victims were reported in what is being called a shootout, while in West Seattle, a man was shot in the leg.

The gun violence echoes the rise in shootings Seattle and the East Precinct saw last summer. SPD has begun working more closely with federal law enforcement agencies to curb the gun violence. This spring, the department has also acted early to roll out a stronger presence in South Seattle to respond to increasing “shots fired” calls. In its most recent report (PDF), SPD says there were three reported shooting incident in the East Precinct between mid-March and mid-April:Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 8.31.18 AM

UPDATE: SPD announced it will increase the numbers of officers on patrol following the overnight violence. We’re told the most significant element for East Precinct will be a reduction in cross-precinct deployment which will allow more officers to be available here on Capitol Hill and in the Central District where the “summer staffing” has already been “accelerated,” we’re told:

Chief Kathleen O’Toole has directed the Seattle Police Operations and Investigations Bureaus to accelerate summer staffing deployment levels in an ongoing effort to deter and prevent gun violence. Starting tonight, Seattle residents can expect to see extra police officers in neighborhoods, nightlife districts and hotspots detailed in our SeaStat crime analysis reports.

These added resources will be a mixture of officers brought in on overtime as well as staff from other assignments, such as the Gang Unit, SWAT and Traffic, in coordination with the Real Time Crime Center.

The accelerated deployment is due in part to two early morning shootings in which four people were injured, one of them seriously.

The first shooting occurred shortly before 1 a.m. near 10th Avenue East and East Seneca Street. The second shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. in a parking lot at Occidental Avenue South and South Washington Street. The injuries occurred in the latest shooting.

Both investigations remain active and ongoing and have been assigned to the Gang Unit for follow up. Anyone with information regarding either incident is urged to call 911.

The Goat Man of Capitol Hill wants to save the planet

Erick Rock Club and his goat Deer would very much like you to come to the Earth Day festival he has been planning for months Friday afternoon in Cal Anderson. But he’s pretty sure you won’t. And not just because of short notice.

“I’ve been walking around with this goat trying to tell them about this Earth Day festival,” Erick told CHS earlier today. “People are too busy. They keep walking.”

With a threat of rain, Erick said Cal Anderson might not work out and maybe he’ll need to move the music and gathering he hopes comes together to someplace out of the drizzle — maybe the entrance to Capitol Hill Station, he says.

It turns out the man with the goat has a lot of vision and a lot to say about the way the world works and the people who are too busy to talk to him about Earth Day. CHS walked by plenty of times — We should have asked him about the Earth Day festival earlier.

Over the past six months, Erick and Deer have been come part of the Capitol Hill legend. Drunken packs of bros and woo girls pay a buck to pet Deer in the midst of crowded nights in Pike/Pine. The money is mostly inconsequential. Erick says he received regular government support because of his disability from a brain injury as a child. Erick and Deer live in his van, moving around the neighborhood and city as needed. He puts what money he can and all of his energy into an organization he formed called the Rock Club Foundation, “created to empower the people by encouraging creativity, igniting passion and spreading love.”

Erick and Deer's "goat fun me" page

Erick and Deer’s “goat fun me” page

Erick hoped things like the Earth Day festival and a Free Day Market he works on every Sunday with Food Not Bombs down near the Cascade Playground would help him start to make the changes he wants to see so badly in the world. The Bernie Sanders campaign, he says, also offers hope.

But it probably won’t be enough to keep him on Capitol Hill and in Seattle.

“I’m leaving Seattle. Because Seattle doesn’t care,” Erick said Friday. “What do I have to do? Climb a tree?”

Erick said he is making plans for moving on now that April 22nd has come and almost gone.

“The whole reason I have this goat is to tell people about my organization to try to make the world a better place. All I’m trying to do is save the planet.”

You can learn more and connect with Erick on the Rock Club Foundation Facebook page. There is also a “goat fun me” fundraising page if you’d like to give him a few bucks without bugging Deer.

The small Capitol Hill company behind ‘the top musical act in the U.S.’

The Lumineers play Capitol Hill Block Party in 2012. The band's new album Cleopatra has pushed them back to the top of the charts (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

The Lumineers play Capitol Hill Block Party in 2012. The band’s new album Cleopatra has pushed them back to the top of the charts (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

Before The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” became a multi-platinum hit, the band was making the rounds in Denver. They had posted a video on YouTube of themselves performing an acoustic version of the song in an apartment. In 2011, Capitol Hill management company Onto Entertainment liked what it saw — and heard.

Today, Onto’s roster includes The Lumineers, Seattle-based Hey Marseilles and poet and spoken word artist Andrea Gibson. And that’s probably as big as Onto is going to get for the time being – all three acts are touring in support of new work this year.

“I think we’re in a really good, sweet spot right now in terms of clients,” said Christen Greene, general manager and head of talent for Onto. “Our model is low-overhead, hard work and clients that we love.”

The path to becoming “the top musical act in the U.S.” and a Billboard No. 1 ranking for The Lumineers shows how it works. At the time the band was signed, Onto owner David Meinert also headed had previously organized the Capitol Hill Block Party, so convincing the folk-rock group to play the show was an obvious opportunity. Soon after they were in town, John Richards at KEXP was the first to play the group, followed by airplay on 107.7 KNDD, one of the first commercial stations to play the song, Meinert said. UPDATE: We erroneously reported Meinert was still running CHBP in 2012 — producer and Meinert business partner Jason Lajeunesse took over the festival that year.

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Pike/Pine fire breather busted for reckless endangerment

We know who we *won’t* be featuring in the next episode of Capitol Hill Buskers. SPD busted a Pike/Pine street performer Saturday night as the 22-year-old refused to hand over a can of butane and lighter after police saw him spitting fire on E Pike:

Officers Sandlin Grayson and Christopher James were working an emphasis patrol in the Pike/Pine corridor around 10:30 PM when they spotted a four-foot plume of flame shooting over a crowd of people in the 900 block of E. Pike Street.

As officers moved toward the stream of fire they discovered the flames were coming from the 22-year-old man’s mouth.

Officers Grayson and James explained to the man that he was creating a risk for people on the street and asked him to curtail his human torch routine.

The man refused (“in one ear, out the other,” he told them) and declined to tell officers his name, though he did reveal that he lacked a business license and street use permit.

Police say the suspect struggled as they attempted to take away the butane can. He was arrested for reckless endangerment and booked into the King County Jail.

Joe Buckets was not available for comment.