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911 | Madison Valley drive-by, E Thomas reported shotgun phone robbery, explosive dumpster fire

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  • 25th Ave drive-by: A drive-by shooting left no reported injuries but damaged vehicles and homes near 25th and Mercer late Sunday night. According to East Precinct radio updates, police reported hearing 25 to 30 shots ring out just after 11 PM. Police found at least one vehicle that had been hit and bullet damage to at least two nearby homes. There were no reported injuries. Witness accounts described a silver sedan carrying at least two people who opened fire with two or three different guns before speeding away from the scene. Police searched the area but there were no arrests. Editor’s note: We originally identified this as a Central District location but as some have pointed out, it is a Madison Valley location. We’ve updated the headline.
  • Shotgun phone robbery: Police were called to E Thomas near Broadway to a report of an armed robbery of a phone. According to police radio reports, a man reported the suspect had pulled a shotgun and taken his phone just after 2:30 AM Monday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the hold-up had taken place in a nearby building or on the street. Police were searching the area including Cal Anderson Park’s chemical toilets for the suspect but there were no arrests. No injuries were reported.
  • Boylston/Union dumpster arson: A dumpster fire with loud explosions woke residents around Boylston and Union early Monday. Seattle Fire responded to the blaze around 2:15 AM. Police were called after witnesses described two men seen setting the fire to a mattress and other items in the dumpster before fleeing. The two men were also reported pushing a shopping cart and were last seen fleeing westbound on Union. The Seattle Fire Marshal was called to investigate the scene. Last week, SPD asked for help investigating a string of a dozen arson fires after arresting a man for allegedly starting a small fire near Capitol Hill Station.

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5 thoughts on “911 | Madison Valley drive-by, E Thomas reported shotgun phone robbery, explosive dumpster fire

  1. I would like to say that 25th and Mercer is more of a Capitol Hill/Madison Valley location. It is very north of Madison. There is general evidence when the news is not pleasant or related to crime etc., whenever possible it is reported to be in the CD, but if it is about something pretty, a new business or an eco-district then places south of Madison are considered Capitol Hill. I am sorry that a drive by happened anywhere and somewhat dumbfounded by the headline identifying the Central District as the location.

    • The shooting was 1 block north of Madison. And for those of us who grew up in the CD (56 year resident here), most of the neighborhoods south of Montlake were once “the CD” and that certainly included Madison Valley which was referred to by a different, racist name back then. Later all these neighborhoods got individual names and I read them sometimes and think “where the heck is that” and it will turn out it’s a few blocks from my house or schools growing up.

      • Three block North of East Madison on 25th East is Mercer Street. it is on Capitol Hill originally, now it can share the Madison Valley name.

      • Three block North of East Madison on 25th East is Mercer Street. it is on Capitol Hill originally, now it can share the Madison Valley name. I

  2. Liked the comment that negatives ascribed to CD but positives to all those other new names. Me white, Central since 1970. For a great education on CD history, listen to SHELF LIFE, a 10-part 1/2 hour podcast online at KBCS.fm

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