Seattle Police says one person was shot in the incident first reported around 9:40 PM Wednesday. According to police radio updates, the victim appeared to have been shot in the back of the head.
UPDATE: Seattle Fire tells CHS the victim, reported as a 21-year-old man, died at the scene before life saving efforts could be attempted.
Police were searching the area including Broadway and nearby Capitol Hill Station for people seen fleeing the scene.
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A 911 caller reported hearing one gunshot fired in the incident and seeing a person down near the basketball court according to East Precinct radio dispatches.
Crime in the popular park has been a neighborhood issue over the years that mostly has ebbed and flowed with warmer weather and summer months. Here is a CHS report from 2013 about East Precinct efforts at the time to cut down on crime in the park after a string of incidents and violence.
Wednesday night’s shooting came in a park still busy with activity on an unusually warm first night of spring. A group played with a soccer ball on nearby Bobby Morris field while others walked their dogs or passed through the park. The sports field lights around Bobby Morris and the basketball court were fully illuminated at the time of the shooting.
The incident marked the second night of gun violence on Capitol Hill. Tuesday night, SPD says a suicidal man was shot by police after he fired his gun at officers on Melrose Ave.
The Cal Anderson murder is the second fatal shooting on Capitol Hill this year. In January, 24-year-old Jafar Mack was gunned down in the Harvard Market parking lot above Pike and Broadway in a shooting that remains unsolved by police.