I was forwarded an email about a shooting incident on New Years Day that entered the home of a neighbor near 22nd & Yesler. Here’s the scary story in their own words (note: some personal info & names removed):
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I want to first let you know that I am physically fine. I was at home yesterday Jan. 1, 08 and at 4:06pm in the afternoon doing my laundry and I heard a really loud noise I thought came from my kitchen and thought something fell over or my food blew up the microwave. The microwave turned out to be fine but looking around a little closer I realized that there was a huge hole in the middle of my window and immediately realized that it was a hole that had to be from a bullet! So called 911 and the police came right away and took my statement and recovered the imbedded slug from my living room wall. (sounds just like the last episode of Law and Order)
From what I could tell from the police discussion there was a gunman(woman) in a car in the corner of 22nd and yesler possibly near the Odessa Brown Clinic parking lot and was shooting at two pedestrian that the gunman had a beef with and apparently missed them and the stray bullet ended up in my house. So the good news is that I was not the intended victim and even though the real intended victims got away I ended up being the only real victim of this crime due to the damage in my condo. The police went to the 22nd and yesler intersection to try to recover any shell casings for evidence and fingerprints but not sure if they were able to find any. Shell casings would only discharge if it were a semi-automatic but if it was a handgun the casing would be still in the gun. Just a little trivia I learned from the police.
The police was very helpful and responded very quickly and my friends came to my rescue and helped me clean up. Apparently the glass shattered and became glass powder and basically covered my entire kitchen in a fine glass powder so clean up was very emotional. I personally cannot still believe that this has happened to me and am a little jumpy still.
I spoke with the police about the crime and safety and they said that Seattle is still a really safe place to live statistically compared to other cities. Anyhow I suppose that I count myself really lucky that I was not in the kitchen at the time of the incident due to the flying glass bits. So basically doing laundry saved me. Anyhow I wanted to let you know that this happened and I am trying to follow up with the police to see if they have any leads on this case. I have so far found out this morning that my case has been assigned to an officer but that since last night they have to process 500 cases. So mine is only one of 500 cases that has happened since yesterday. Yikes!
Definitely a scary situation. This recent uptick in gun violence is something that we need to get a handle on ASAP.
I just spoke to Mark Jamieson from SPD, who had good news on this case: Police were able to establish probable cause for a suspect who was arrested the following day and is currently locked up in the King County Jail. 24 hours from a dangerous offense to an arrest – very nice work.