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Three injured in drive-by shooting at 10th and Pike in second weekend of Capitol Hill nightlife gun violence

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A drive-by shooting at 10th and Pike sent three victims to the hospital in the second weekend in a row of nightlife gun violence on Capitol Hill.

Seattle Police reported three men in their late 20s were hit and injured in the early Saturday morning drive-by reported just after 12:30 AM.

At least two of the victims were reported down in front of the Comet Tavern on the northeast side of the intersection while nearby Poquitos and multiple vehicles reportedly suffered bullet damage including a car parked on the southeast side of E Pike. Police found bullet casings in the middle of the intersection in front of the Comet and more to the east of the intersection according to East Precinct radio.

The injuries to the three victims hit by the gunfire were reported as serious but not life-threatening by Seattle Fire dispatch. Each of the victims was transported to Harborview.

Seattle Fire was delayed reaching the victims in the middle of busy Pike/Pine nightlife crowds due to protocols requiring a secured scene before medical personnel can enter. All victims were on their way to Harborview by 12:54 AM — seventeen minutes after the first 911 calls. Police provided medical aid until Seattle Fire Department personnel arrived.

Police were looking for a tan or beige sport utility vehicle seen speeding through the area with a shooter firing from the back of the vehicle as it traveled eastbound on Pike. The vehicle was not immediately located and there were no reported arrests. The King County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit’s Guardian One helicopter was not available to assist in the search, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

The early morning shooting follows another bout of nightlife gun violence last weekend that included an altercation that sent a bullet through the window of a bar in lower Pike/Pine near downtown late last Saturday night. There were no injuries reported in that incident.

Nightlife gun violence plagued the area last year including a July shooting outside the Mint Lounge that sent one to the hospital. In September, one person was sent to the hospital in a shootout that erupted in the Rancho Bravo parking lot.

In November, Mayor Bruce Harrell met with Capitol Hill business representatives to discuss neighborhood safety including the spate of shootings.

 

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Jonathan
Jonathan
25 days ago

The police station is two blocks away and still took them 17 minutes to secure the scene? What are they good for?

SoDone
SoDone
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

I read that to mean victims were on the way to Harborview within 17 minutes of 911 calls. Meaning police had arrived, police provided initial aid, secured the scene, SFD allowed in and assessed the victims, packed them up and were transporting them to a trauma center. I don’t take that to be a horrible response time from first call to transport. I what would you have preferred? Seems like SPD/SFD acted timely during an active shooting incident.

JCW
JCW
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Let’s see…a drive-by shooting where the assailants’ whereabouts are unknown, on a heavily trafficked street filled with Friday night revelers. They also said the victims were TRANSPORTED 17 minutes after the first call, not that the scene was not secured for 17 minutes. And they don’t just heave folks to the rig and drive off…there’s assessment and initial treatment before transport.

A tip…when you have no idea what you’re talking about, best to keep your mouth closed.

Don't Start With Me
Don't Start With Me
25 days ago

Better have another meeting!

ClaireWithTheHair
ClaireWithTheHair
25 days ago

Random drive by shootings in the core center of D3 nightlife during peak hours on a Friday night is obviously totally, absurdly unacceptable. Yet our alleged “representative” won’t breathe a word about it and certainly won’t do anything to try and help ameliorate the problem.

Used to just be that innocent Capitol Hill residents would only get shot on Union or Madison, which are only like the third and fourth most popular streets in our district. Now I guess we’re getting drive-by shootings on Pike and Pine as well.

That’s ok, I’m sure the denizens of D3 are just used to it at this point. Getting randomly shot in a drive-by while walking your dog in the evening on a brightly-lit, popular street in a million-dollar neighborhood. And it happens to about a dozen people every year. Just part of life in Capitol Hill at this point.

d.c.
d.c.
25 days ago

You know gang violence predates Sawant’s tenure right… and that the police station is 2 blocks away? This kind of thing has been happening on the hill for decades and the police don’t seem to know what to do about it even when they can hear the gunshots from inside their cars idling on 12th.

zach
zach
24 days ago
Reply to  d.c.

Yes, of course gang shootings have been around for quite awhile. But that doesn’t mean that Sawant should not be speaking out about it. She is a horrible representative for D3, and needs to go asap.

Nomnom
Nomnom
24 days ago
Reply to  d.c.

Wrong. I’ve lived in an apartment on the hill for 30 years and worked in a pike/pine bar for the first 15 of those years. This level of gun violence was unheard of on the Hill in the 90s and 00s.

Nandor
Nandor
24 days ago
Reply to  d.c.

Lived here since 94.. No, this is absolutely not normal or what it used to be/always been like…

Let's talk
Let's talk
23 days ago
Reply to  d.c.

I’ve lived on the hill since the 80s. This and many other problems on the hill were not the norm. This is due to bad policy that our “rep” is all in on with a few others on the council. And no she doesn’t care nor will show up unless it’s to promote her socialist alternative group.

Layne Staley
21 days ago
Reply to  Let's talk

Me too! CH resident for 2 decades then I moved to the U (where I died). Sawant needs to go ASAP. How many more people need to take bullets until people realize her ideas are failed.

ClaireWithTheHair
ClaireWithTheHair
23 days ago
Reply to  d.c.

Of course. Of course someone was going to jump in to make a snide, condescending comment gaslighting me about how “the city was always this shitty.” No, it wasn’t always this shitty, I promise you I’ve lived here way longer than you have. Things are much worse than they used to be and it continues to get worse. Getting shot in a random drive-by on the most popular street in Capitol Hill at peak nightlife hours is NOT NORMAL and should NOT BE ACCEPTABLE. But all the Sawant people who never leave their luxury condos unless it’s to roleplay communist revolutionaries at her stupid “rallies” love to sit on the internet all day talking down to their neighbors to try and defend the status quo.

Fedmahn Kassad
Fedmahn Kassad
22 days ago

Well said, Claire! You should be posting regular opinion pieces here.

Layne Staley
21 days ago

Down in a hole. Looking to Troll. Sawant smokes too many bowls.

Nomnom
Nomnom
24 days ago

Sawant is entirely useless. The only time she makes a public comment is to promote her own agenda, especially to build her considerable fame outside Seattle. She would never comment on anything that actually affects her constituents, unless it’s to lecture us that everything we say is racist.

Jim
Jim
25 days ago

Time to move

Sad
Sad
25 days ago

That’s dispiriting.
It’s ironic that nearly all the gun violence is coming from people doing drive-bys in cars, yet Harrell refuses to consider a pedestrian street.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey
25 days ago
Reply to  Sad

Harrell is such a useless mayor. He is having wine with Bezos and discussing land deals and cannot be bothered with the social inequalities of the city he presides.

Glenn
Glenn
24 days ago
Reply to  Jeffrey

And how are your comments related to drive by shootings in our neighborhood ? Are they the result of social inequalities? And only an imbecile mayor would not maintain some kind of social ties with the head of one of his city’s biggest employers. Welcome to the real world. You’re going to hate it here,

Jeffrey
Jeffrey
23 days ago
Reply to  Glenn

Bezos is a citizen just as much as the homeless person you probably snicker about with your friends. It does not matter what he thinks. This is the exact problem with Harrell and this city. Your exact attitude that the rich mean more than the poor. People are equal. Period.

Sad
Sad
25 days ago

Also, I hope the victims are ok.

aidan acosta
aidan acosta
25 days ago

more reason for super block

Below Broadway
Below Broadway
25 days ago
Reply to  aidan acosta

That moves the problem to the border of the SuperBlock, 1-2 blocks away. It doesn’t, you know, arrest, prosecute or convict the shooters. Something we seem spectacularly incapable of here in Progressive Seattle.

Tom
Tom
24 days ago
Reply to  Below Broadway

It has a lot more to do with gun-loving America. The number of gun deaths here is a few dozen developed countries combined.

Coco
Coco
25 days ago

Wow!!! Unacceptable and we must demand change and have more cops patrolling. Where is Sawant? Joke!!

Guesty
Guesty
25 days ago
Reply to  Coco

Somewhere, yelling about something.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey
24 days ago
Reply to  Coco

Ah yes why isn’t Sawant stopping gang violence that is literally in every city and existed way before her time /s

Fairly Obvious
Fairly Obvious
23 days ago
Reply to  Coco

Where’s our “tough on crime” City Attorney? Oh wait, she’s a Republican, so gets a pass from the blog trolls who would have skewered Holmes in this same situation.

zach
zach
22 days ago
Reply to  Fairly Obvious

Ann Davison is busy working on the huge backlog of serious cases that languished under Holmes, and she has pledged to review and prosecute cases in a timely manner. What else do you expect her to do? It is not her responsibility to prevent crime, except by sending a message that you WILL be prosecuted if you engage in criminal activity.

Fairly Obvious
Fairly Obvious
22 days ago
Reply to  zach

Ann Davison is busy working on the huge backlog of serious cases that languished under Holmes, and she has pledged to review and prosecute cases in a timely manner.

That was a convenient, but extremely poor excuse for her first year in office. A year in, she fully owns the current situation in our City, which has gotten worse under her watch.

What else do you expect her to do? It is not her responsibility to prevent crime, except by sending a message that you WILL be prosecuted if you engage in criminal activity.

There’s a lot that city prosecutors can do to help the crime situation. She openly chose the “tough on crime” persona, which history has shown increases crime every time. And as can be clearly seen, she is NOT prosecuting people that engage in criminal activity, mostly because she got in way over her head.

I’m sure she appreciates gullible people blaming her predecessor, but that’s doing nothing to the increasing crime rate.

Fedmahn Kassad
Fedmahn Kassad
22 days ago
Reply to  Fairly Obvious

I guess you didn’t notice that you negated the premise of your little post, re- Ann Davison getting a pass from the blog trolls.

Raj
Raj
25 days ago

I’m a Uber driver I say shooting in my life first time I’m @the Broadway signal waiting for green light at the time shooting usually there will be police in pike street after 10pm but yesterday there is no police in the location while it’s happening @12past midnight I was shaken for 20min and I can’t drive finally I left home

Don't Start With Me
Don't Start With Me
24 days ago
Reply to  Raj

I’m sorry you had to see that, Raj. I hope you get some peace of mind back soon.

Duh
Duh
24 days ago

Ban all guns. Americans cannot handle having guns.

X.G.
X.G.
23 days ago
Reply to  Duh

Amen. Repeal the 2nd Amendment. Amurkkkans can’t even read it’s simple (if poorly-written) two sentences correctly.

Matt, long-term solutions, yes, of course. However, in the interim, wanna get shot and killed while waiting for that? I hope not. Sincerely. Complex problems take time. Interim plans that work with something that can be implemented immediately are often necessary. Ya know, grown up solutions versus overly simplistic, impractical sloganeering that ignores realities and the lives of those who will be injured and killed long before the long-term solutions are enacted in meaningful ways that bring real-world results to the most innocent.

And, sorry, no Kshama cannot solve gun crime but she can REPRESENT ALL OF US and colloquially ‘be there’ when these things occur, withy at least an attempt at solutions that will bring change.

And, we need to re-do our policing, for sure. The SPD union/guild blocks any real attempts at a necessary, meaningful, equitable, Seattleite-centered overhaul. A disband and re-creation is warranted. However, that does not preclude adding more beat patrols now, especially where there is regular high risk as is the case from the QFC right up to this area on The Hill. However, there are issues with severe, chronic lack of officers as we all know.

And, to anyone who thinks a pedestrian super block will just move the crime, you are ignorant. The crime is here because THIS is where the nighttlife business density is greatest, therefore, attracting losers who want to cause trouble or settle a score by being bully pussies who shoot a gun from a moving vehicle.

Progressivism is good. Very. However, some of those who say they align with it wouldn’t know PROGRESS if they fell into it. Dogma -Right or Left- is BS. Full stop.

Capitol Hill deserves better than this crap.

Matt
Matt
22 days ago
Reply to  X.G.

Most of this gun violence is due to the lucrative drug market created because there is no public will to adequately fund housing and healthcare for all, despite these being rights that our nation and most others have designated as fundamental rights under the UN charter. I agree that gun violence is deplorable, but it is a drop in the bucket to all sorts of other forms of violence and inhumane treatment that often ends up leading to gun violence. It’s just incredibly frustrating to see so much money and effort being thrown at bandaid solutions that would be better directed at creating long term, dignified, and compassionate solutions to what will always be a part of humanity, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel!

Matt
Matt
24 days ago

Long term solutions require much more funding for education, housing, mental health, and drug addiction… Unfortunately I don’t think many will see it that way and instead call for more police. Policing is a bandaid designed to protect property, not people, and has been proven to be very ineffective at preventing crime (as shown here, a drive by two blocks from E Precinct). It’s the same mentality that is putting metal detectors at elementary schools instead of addressing root problems of easy access to guns and terrible mental health resources.

Glenn
Glenn
24 days ago
Reply to  Matt

Agreed on the long term solutions. And short term solutions include law enforcement, active crime investigation, emphasis patrols, and politicians who speak up and advocate for policies intended to increase safety and security for constituents in the affected area, What you don’t seem to get is that many crimes are prevented by the above mentioned strategies. You all hold up crimes committed as evidence that policing doesn’t work, without recognizing that active police work, that is, effective policing, prevents many crimes from ever happening. This seems obvious, but is mostly missing from the narrative here.

Matt
Matt
23 days ago
Reply to  Glenn

I would rather see money spent on drug treatment facilities, and staffed open injection sites that have been proven to help get people into treatment. This would help a ton of people whom are struggling while also making the drug trade on Capitol Hill significantly less lucrative.

Hillery
Hillery
24 days ago

There used to be a couple squad cars parked in the median late nights like the weekend just hanging out so of course they stopped and this happens.

zach
zach
23 days ago
Reply to  Hillery

The SPD is down something like 50 officers as a result of the “defund police” effort not long ago, so they probably don’t have the staff to just “hang out” in case crime happens. Mayor Harrell has made it a priority to restore the SPD to what is needed.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey
23 days ago
Reply to  Hillery

Got a big secret for you: No one likes to go to clubs where cops are parked around. They will congregate somewhere else because the police are rightfully disliked.

Let's talk
Let's talk
23 days ago
Reply to  Jeffrey

No one likes to go to clubs where cops are parked around? I would say if the people going to the clubs are the kind of people who dislike the police then their presence would be welcomed to attract more people that are out to have a good time and not cause problems. And to Zach’s point, SPD may be down 50 officers from last year we have 800 less than some other cities our size and they aren’t experiencing the level of crime we are.

X.G.
X.G.
23 days ago
Reply to  Jeffrey

Jeffrey, “Let’s Talk” is 100% right. Sorry but your words ring like that of a silly, ill-intending child. Some cops suck and policing needs to change. However, when the bullets fly, who you gonna call?? Get real my neighbor.

Jack Mehoff
Jack Mehoff
23 days ago

Don’t blame it on the guns. Just don’t go there.

Xtian Gunther
Xtian Gunther
22 days ago
Reply to  Jack Mehoff

“Just don’t go there.” Jack?!

Wow, quite the dinosaur’s way of thinking. You gun nut folks live in another dimension, one SO far from reality. People argue, they may fight. Then they may do nothing more because they are too cowardly to put up fists. People with guns argue? They often jump to shooting, and these days, remarkably quickly.

Your tired, profoundly-nonsensical way of thinking is done. Caput.

However long it takes, however many dead bodies you insist we walk over to get there and however much blood we must proverbially swim through because your ilk refuse to recognize and cede what a rational 5-year old can, society WILL eradicate this stream of guns and the asinine ‘gun ownership rights’ that were NEVER promised in our deeply flawed constitution.

Question is, how many must die and/or be injured before then. How much cost to society, mental health, our health care system, first responders, etc?

Do you even care?

The nerve. Old and white, I’m guessing?

Kip Kasper
Kip Kasper
21 days ago

We need Phoenix Jones back ASAP!