Police investigate gunfire incident near Central District park — UPDATE

Gunfire sent visitors at Powell Barnett Park scrambling after a shooting incident at 29th and Alder Friday afternoon.

According to East Precinct radio updates, witnesses reported eight or nine gunshots and multiple cars leaving the area around 2:40 PM near the MLK Jr. Way park.

Arriving police found bullet hole damage to a vehicle just east of 29th and Alder and began investigating the shooting scene.

It’s not clear if there were any injuries. A Seattle Fire dispatch sent aid units to the scene but there was no reported victim information. Police were headed to area hospitals to look for possible victims. UPDATE: SFD says its dispatch was canceled so no victim was found at the scene.

Gang detectives were called to the scene.

East Precinct picnic comes to Central District park

After years of hosting the event within walking distance of the precinct’s 12th and Pine headquarters, the Seattle Police Foundation will bring its annual East Precinct picnic to a park in the Central District this weekend that is an example of both ongoing community investment in the area and struggles with drugs and violence.

Some organizers working to make Powell Barnett Park a safer place are happy to bring the event to MLK Jr. Way. John Barber, a member of the Seattle Parks board, posted this invite via Facebook:

You are invited to a community picnic with the Seattle Police and the neighborhood surrounding Powell Barnett Park next Saturday, July 16, 1pm to 4pm, at Powell Barnett Park, MLK JR Way, between E Yesler and E Cherry. This is a community policing/fun activity — music, hot dogs and ice cream, entertainment and door prizes. The area has been beset by driveby shootings and gang activities for years and our strategy has been repopulating the park to create a more positive environment.

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RBG The CD — City Hall unveils new Central District community crosswalk

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A symbol of the Central District’s black history — and present — was formalized Saturday morning as SDOT replicated in a $7,500 paint job what the community did with spray cans and inspiration this summer.

Saturday, Mayor Ed Murray was on hand along with residents and members of RBG The CD to unveil a new community crosswalk in the Pan-African red, green, and black colors crossing MLK at Powell Barnett Park.

Angel Mitchell, whom in his brief address before the ceremonial first crossing Murray was first to thank for her work to make the community crosswalk happen, said the colors of the crosswalk are part of remembering the neighborhood’s past as the community works toward the future.

“The crosswalks symbolize the history of the Central District,” she said.
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SPD arrests one in high speed crash following Labor Day shootout at Powell Barnett Park

This picture of the shooting scene was posted to Reddit Seattle along with an account of the incident at the park

This picture of the shooting scene was posted to Reddit Seattle along with an account of the incident at the park: “There were a ton of families at the park that were in the line of fire. Thankfully no one was hit… But everyone was out and saw what happend. Black Town Car, Silver ATS & Grey SUV with red stripe. We saw you!”

A teen was arrested following a high speed car chase and crash but fortunately nobody was hit as gunfire rang out in a Monday afternoon shootout alongside the Central District’s Powell Barnett Park.

The 911 calls in the just after 3:30 PM incident reported Labor Day park visitors “scattering” as multiple shots were fired in the area. Vehicles were reported leaving the scene following the gunfire.

Police spotted a black towncar style vehicle speeding from the area that matched the description of a vehicle stolen at gunpoint in SeaTac last week. An officer in pursuit reported that the car collided with another vehicle near Dearborn and 7th Ave S where two occupants reportedly bailed out and tried to escape on foot.

One teenage suspect was quickly apprehended by police but a long search of the area for the second suspect — described as a heavy set black male around 6′ and wearing a black puffy jacket and a red t-shirt — was not successful. Police also recovered a revolver on the ground near the crash scene. UPDATE: SPD says a third suspect also evaded officers.

Seattle Fire was called to treat injuries suffered by the occupants of the vehicle the towncar collided with. The suspect also required medical treatment, according to Seattle Police radio dispatches.

There were no injuries reported at Powell Barnett Park where officers were busy marking shell casings and collecting evidence.

A Seattle Police spokesperson said the department will provide more details on the incident soon.

The incident continues a wave of gun violence hitting Seattle this summer. On Sunday, August 30th, a man suffered serious injuries when he was shot in a reported gunfight outside the Douglass-Truth library near 24th and Yesler. East Precinct and City Hall representatives met with community members in August at a neighborhood crime meeting to discuss recent gun violence. There has been a 23% increase in reports of shots fired this year in Seattle.

UPDATE: Here is SPD’s post about the incident. We have updated our original report to include the third suspect:

Officers arrested a teen Monday after reports of gunfire and a car speeding away from a Central District park.

Witnesses called 911 shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday when they heard gunshots near Martin Luther King Jr. Way and E. Alder St.  The witnesses reported seeing a black Lincoln Towncar driving away immediately following the shots.

Officer Jennifer Gardner spotted the town car, which had been taken in a recent car jacking, driving away from the area.  The Towncar sped away only to crash into another car in the 800 block of S. Dearborn St.  Three people fled from the Towncar as officers flooded the area.

Officer Adam Merritt was searching the area when one of the suspects ran past his patrol car. Officer Merritt chased the 18-year-old suspect eventually taking him into custody in the 1100 block of Airport Way S.

Officers located 7 shell casings at Powell Barnett Park and a revolver under a bush at 7 Ave. S. and S. Dearborn St.

Officers continued to search but were unable to locate the other two suspects.

 

One victim shot in chest in Central District shootings

Seattle Fire responding to victim with gunshot wound left outside Swedish Cherry Hill (Images: Alex Garland)

Seattle Fire responding to victim with gunshot wound left outside Swedish Cherry Hill (Images: Alex Garland)

With reporting by Alex Garland

A male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest was left in the parking lot of the Swedish Cherry Hill hospital following a night of gunfire around 23rd Ave.

All details on Thursday night’s shooting incidents in the Central District are preliminary. SPD has confirmed that one male has been shot and that police are investigating. UPDATE: SPD says the victim is a 31-year-old man. Continue reading