One to hospital in shooting at 23rd and Union

One person was reported shot in the leg and police were searching for cars seen leaving the area after gunfire broke out Saturday night at 23rd and Union.

Seattle Fire responded to one person with a gunshot wound to the thigh found near the liquor store just after 9 PM at the corner per radio dispatch reports. Police were searching the area for cars seen speeding from the area following the gunfire while officers were also collecting evidence from bullet damage to vehicles in the parking lot at the scene.

There were multiple descriptions on the cars reported leaving the scene, some with damage from the incident. Police were checking vehicles around the area including one found at 23rd and Cherry where two people were reported detained.

Shell casings were found near 24th and Union, according to East Precinct radio updates.

The victim was taken to Harborview. We do not have further information on the patient’s condition.

Police said the victim’s injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

UPDATE 3/18/18 9:38 AM: SPD has posted a report on the shooting confirming our initial details and asking anybody with more information about the incident to call 911:

On March 17 at around 9:06 p.m., East Precinct patrol officers were dispatched to the area of 24th Avenue and East Union Street to multiple 911 calls of shots fired. Upon arriving, officers quickly found a gunshot victim. The man had been shot in the leg. Officers immediately provided first aid and called for Seattle Fire Department medics. Police also canvassed the area for additional victims, suspects, and witnesses. Gang Unit detectives responded to conduct the investigation and process the crime scene for forensic evidence. Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment of his injuries. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 911.

19th Ave fire
If you heard more sirens following the shooting response at 23rd and Union, those were Seattle Fire responding to the View at Madison apartments in the 1600 block of 19th where smoke was reported at the building just after 9:30 PM. Firefighters were dealing with a reported smoldering fire on the exterior of the building but found no flames inside per radio updates.

Blotter | Police release images of E Madison ATM gunpoint robbery suspect

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  • E Madison ATM robbery update: Detectives have released security imagery showing the suspect they say robbed a man at the Bank of America ATM near 14th and Madison early on the morning of March 1st. According to police, the robbery took place just before 6 AM as the victim was headed to work nearby. A search of the area that included a K-9 dog unit did not locate the suspect. The suspect is described by police as a white male, 5’6″ tall, medium build, with a mustache and possible goatee. Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect to contact the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5542. Continue reading

Central District speaks up in search for a new Seattle Police Chief

In her first public discussion about Seattle’s search for a new chief of police, Mayor Jenny Durkan came to a Central District community group representing some of the rawest, most challenging relationships to law enforcement in the city.

“We respect the office because we believe that engagement and communication and respect can get us a long way,” Andre Taylor said Wednesday night at a meeting of Not This Time, the Central District community group focused on reducing fatal police shootings. Taylor’s group is fresh off victory after Governor Jay Inslee signed into law new regulations changing the state’s standard for malice in police shootings and providing improved resources for law enforcement de-escalation, first aid and mental health training.

Many in the crowd Wednesday night had lost family to police shootings. Continue reading

Blotter | One shot in Central District rolling gun battle

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  • Central District shootout: One person was shot and taken to Harborview and police were gathering shell casings and evidence across the Central District after a rolling gun battle Sunday night. 911 callers reported hearing anywhere from 20 to 40 shots in the moving shootout involving at least two vehicles that scattered shell casings and bullets from 25th and Jackson to 26th and Yesler starting around 10:30 PM Sunday. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police found one of the vehicles with bullet damage ditched near 26th and Yesler where witnesses reported a man shot during the melee had been taken to Harborview by a passerby. We don’t have further information on his injuries but police were able to interview the victim at the hospital, according to radio updates. Police fanned out across the area to collect evidence including 9mm shell casings. One person was taken into custody during the response and a stolen Glock 40 was reported recovered. Police were looking for a new, white Lexus sedan reported to have been involved in the shooting. Continue reading

Investigation of alleged $5.6M Tacos Guaymas tax scheme began in 2014 on Broadway

Some of the customers ordering at Broadway’s Tacos Guaymas on September 30th, 2014 weren’t there for the affordable Mexican food served inside a bustling but tiny Capitol Hill restaurant space. Eight times, according to the office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson, investigators from the Department of Revenue visited the restaurant that Tuesday.

Last week, founder and owner of the Tacos Guaymas chain Salvador Sahagun was charged with six counts of first-degree theft and three counts of possessing and using sales suppression software in what the AG says was a multi-year scheme to pocket more than $5.6 million in sales tax from cash transactions. Continue reading

Blotter | Cal Anderson beating, Broadway bank hold-up, E Madison ATM gunpoint robbery

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  • Cal Anderson beating: Police arrested three teens early Wednesday after a 1:30 AM beating assault on a 13-year-old girl inside Cal Anderson Park:

    Two East Precinct officers on a foot beat in Cal Anderson park Wednesday at 1:30 a.m saw a group of ten people in some type of disturbance and approached the group. As the officers got close the group of people scattered leaving behind a 13-year-old girl who was bleeding from the face. One of the officers chased the group who they believed to be responsible for the injuries to the girl while the other officer remained behind to tend to the victim’s injuries. The first officer was able to corner three of the suspects in an alley 1000 block of East Denny Way. Officers determined that the 19-year-old female suspect had participated in the assault based on the victim’s blood being found on the suspect’s clothing as well as statements made to officers. Officers also arrested a 19-year-old man for being a felon in possession of a firearm after they discovered a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his pocket. Finally, officers arrested the third person, an 18-year-old man, for obstructing and will work with the prosecutor’s office to determine if any other charges will be filed.

    Police say the victim was taken to Harborview for treatment of injuries to her face and head.

  • Broadway bank hold-up: Police made one arrest after flooding the area around the Wells Fargo in the 400 block of Broadway E just after noon last Thursday after a reported robbery attempt. According to the SPD report on the incident, the man threatened a teller and demanded money: Continue reading

Killer who says he gunned down two he met on Capitol Hill because they were gay pleads guilty to New Jersey slaying

Family and loved ones of Dwone Anderson-Young mourned the 23-year-old’s murder at a vigil following the June 2014 murders (Image: CHS)

The man accused of killing two gay men he met on Capitol Hill as part of a nationwide murder spree investigators say was driven by extremist beliefs has pleaded guilty to another murder and admitted in court to the Seattle crimes.

Prosecutors say Ali Muhammad Brown was “jihad-inspired” when he murdered 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young and and 27-year-old Ahmed Said in the June 1st, 2014 slayings. The two were shot to death early on a Sunday morning after a night on Capitol Hill. Their bodies were found in the area of 29th and King near the home Anderson-Young shared with his mother. Continue reading

Suspect eludes owner, police after hold-up at Broadway’s Rom Mai Thai — UPDATE

A man claiming to have a gun robbed Broadway restaurant Rom Mai Thai Wednesday night before escaping on foot.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the suspect held up the restaurant in the 600 block of Broadway E just after 7 PM and fled with a person identified as Rom Mai Thai’s owner in pursuit. UPDATE 3/1/18 10:15 AM: Police say the suspect reached behind the counter and grabbed zippered bank cash bags and fled where he was confronted as he left the restaurant and threatened that he had a gun before running from the area. It doesn’t sound like he got away with much cash — staff said there was probably around $30 in one of the pouches.

According to the radio updates, the owner returned to the restaurant after losing the suspect who was last seen fleeing on foot westbound on E Republican.

The suspect was described as a white male, around 5’8″ to 5’10” with a slim to medium build, wearing a black raincoat with white stripes, a hoodie pulled over a ball cap on his head, and a pair of grey sneakers with white soles. No gun was displayed during the hold-up.

A police search of the area was not successful.

There were no reported injuries.

Thanks to reader Sandy for alerting us to the police response.

Blotter | Police looking for man for threats against Capitol Hill School — UPDATE

Leonardo Riviera (Image: SPD)

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UPDATE 3/1/18 6:53 AM: SPD reports Riviera has been taken into custody: “Good news, Riviera has been arrested. Thanks for all the help.”

  • School threats: Police are searching for a 26-year-old man who they say made threats against Capitol Hill’s Meany Middle School Monday morning:
  • Officers are searching for 26-year-old Leonardo Riviera who they believe threatened to harm someone at Meany Middle School. Riviera walked up to the school Monday morning claiming he had a knife and imitating a gun with his hand. School security escorted Riviera off the property just before students notified officials of Riviera’s behavior. School staff then called police who are now investigating

    Police are asking for anybody who sees Riviera or knows his whereabouts to call 911 immediately. According to East Precinct radio reports during a search of the area for him on Monday, Riviera frequents 15th Ave. The incident began Monday morning when Riviera entered the school and refused to leave, telling staff he was a parent at the school. According to radio dispatches, he began making threats when police were called because he would not leave the 20th Ave E school. Police say parents were notified of the threat by Seattle Public Schools.

  • First Hill gunfire arrest: Police arrested a man for firing a handgun in the middle of First Hill Wednesday morning:

    At around 9:30 Wednesday morning, officers responded to several calls of a man firing a gun into the air in the 1100 block of Summit Avenue. Callers provided 911 with a detailed description of the suspect and officers located and detained him quickly. The suspect had the pistol in his pocket, but he complied with the officers’ commands. The pistol was recovered from the man’s pocket. It appeared that the suspect fired two rounds from the pistol, and officers could not locate any victims or property damage in the immediate vicinity. One shell casing was located and recovered at the scene.

    Police say the 31-year-old fired “several rounds from a .22 semi-automatic pistol into the air.” 911 callers reported seeing the man fire the shots and then proceed to Seneca where he waited at the bus stop as police arrived. There were no reported injuries.

Blotter | Broadway restaurant assault, Judkins Park shooting, Howe Street Steps fall

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  • Broadway restaurant assault: A man was arrested at the Broadway Tacos Guaymas Sunday afternoon after police say stabbed an employee in the hand during a struggle to remove him from the restaurant:

    Officers responded to a restaurant in the 1500 block of Broadway shortly after 3:00 pm Sunday. According to witnesses, the suspect entered the restaurant and began to act erratically. He demanded that employees give him money. The employees asked the suspect to leave, but he refused. The employees attempted to escort the suspect out of the restaurant, but the suspect grabbed a knife and stabbed one of the employees in the hand. The employees were able to hold the suspect down until police officers arrived and took him into custody.

    The 34-year-old was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery and assault. The employee’s injury suffered during the just after 3 PM melee was described as minor. Continue reading