Victim hit in leg in shooting at Central District gas station — UPDATE

Gunfire was reported at 23rd and Cherry and a female with a gunshot wound to the leg was found at 28th and Yesler in another round of East Precinct gun violence Friday night.

SPD was called to the area of the AMPM at 23rd and Cherry just after 8:30 PM where they found shell casings but no victim. Minutes later, a female was reported with a gunshot wound to her upper leg at 28th and Yesler where she had driven after being shot at the service station, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

UPDATE: Police say the victim is an adult who drove herself to 28th and Yesler where she flagged down an ambulance.

UPDATE 5/4/2019 8:52 AM: Police say the victim appears to have been caught in the crossfire of a shootout at the intersection: “Investigators learned that the victim was at the gas station getting gas when gunfire was exchanged between several people and vehicles. It appears that the victim struck by gunfire was uninvolved in the dispute and was the unintended target.”

Police were collecting evidence at both scenes and looking for people on foot and vehicles possibly involved in the incident. Police were also called to a residence near 22nd and James that was reportedly hit during the gunfire. A bullet hole in the window of the Garfield Community Center across the street from the AMPM was also reported but it wasn’t immediately clear if it was new damage or from a previous shooting. The community center was open and temporarily locked down during the police response following Friday night.

The victim was taken to Harborview. Police say she was being treated for non life threatening injuries.

The shooting is the latest in a string of gun violence across the Central District and Capitol Hill including early Thursday morning’s shooting that sent a male to Harborview with non life-threatening injuries in an alley at 17th and Mercer.

This week, Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Police announced a “Pre-Summer Emphasis Program” in seven neighborhoods to try to get ahead of summer street crime and violence. Capitol Hill and the Central District were not included in the plan.

 

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3 thoughts on “Victim hit in leg in shooting at Central District gas station — UPDATE

  1. “Police say the victim is an adult who drove herself to 28th and Yesler where she flagged down an ambulance.”

    Gosh, what luck – an ambulance driving by just when you need one. This recalls other recent shootings where the victim is later brought to Harborview by private vehicle, or even shoved out onto the sidewalk in front.

  2. What kind of bizzaro world is this where police are running an “emphasis program” in Ballard while ignoring the part of the city where drive-by shootings happen regularly and innocent bystanders are getting shot in gun battles? Obviously there are complicated politics here but how odd that nobody is able to address them or find a path forward.

  3. “It appears that the victim struck by gunfire was uninvolved in the dispute and was the unintended target.”

    No Snitch is overlooked as a primary cause of gun violence, because it’s nearly impossible to find empathy for drug gang members who open fire in public places.

    But every once in a while, No Snitch claims innocent victims. Maybe people will start paying attention to the fact this problem DOES have a solution: witnesses who don’t talk should be held culpable for the cycle of violence. Because they ARE responsible for it.

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