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.