A night of deadly gun violence in Seattle’s nightlife neighborhoods included a shooting reported near Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park.
Police say at least three people were reported dead and more injured in what have been reported as separate shootings around 2 AM in Belltown, and a second and third incident involving a large crowd leaving a Pioneer Square nightclub. KING reports three dead, and four people hurt in those incidents. UPDATE: The chaotic night may have led to confusion on the number of deaths in the shootings. SPD says they are trying to confirm if two or three people are dead. UPDATE x2: SPD confirms three dead. UPDATE x3: A fourth person died in a Sunday night shooting in Lake City.
The Capitol Hill shooting followed a few hours later with 911 callers reporting a possible exchange of gunfire involving multiple shooters around 4:45 AM.
Seattle Police and Seattle Fire were called to the scene at Nagle and Pine where there was one reported victim who had walked back to the site of the shooting after leaving the area, according to East Precinct radio. We do not yet have information on the victim’s condition from Seattle Fire. UPDATE: Seattle Fire reports a 31-year-old male was evaluated at the scene but did not require a trip to the hospital.
Another gunshot wound victim was dropped off by a private vehicle at First Hill’s Swedish Hospital just after 5 AM but it was not immediately clear where in the city that victim had been shot. UPDATE: SPD reports the man taken to Swedish was hit in the Capitol Hill shootout. “The victim stated he had been shot at the park after playing in a basketball game,” SPD reports.
The shootings come amid a summer wave of gun violence as Seattle reopens from months of COVID-19 restrictions including this deadly shooting at 23rd and Jackson. Early Sunday, SPD Chief Adrian Diaz addressed the shootings and said more must be done to get guns off the streets.
Early Sunday shootings in Belltown, Pioneer Square, and the Chinatown-International District left 3 dead and 4 injured. As Chief Diaz recorded this update, officers were responding to an additional shooting at Cal Anderson with multiple victims. More information to come on all. pic.twitter.com/2j0uS3aSy4
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 25, 2021
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