Although we have the beloved week-daily scanner reports, domestic regulations limit scanner use to only the daytime period (roughly 9:30ish to 6:00ish M-F). That means there’s all sorts of crime news that goes down at night but doesn’t get immediately covered on CDNews.
That’s where we depend on you, our loyal readers, to let us know when you see or hear something happen at night. We can often get details quickly from Seattle Police if we have a specific time & location and if it’s a big enough event, such as gunfire or other life-threatening violence.
The slower method is to wait for police reports to be released, which could take anywhere from days to weeks. But we are actively reviewing the reports – here’s a few big events we’ve come across in the last couple of days:
On Tuesday, June 17th, at 7:05pm, 911 received multiple calls about shorts fired in the area of 28th & Jackson. Police contacted a witness who reported being inside when he heard about thirteen shots fired outside. He believed there were two separate guns fired, with the first three to four shots coming from a larger and more powerful gun than the shots that followed. The witness also described hearing people talking loudly and aggressively before the shots were fired, with the mood of the area generally being “off” and with kids that he hadn’t seen before hanging around the intersection.
Another witness reported hearing the shots and then going outside, where he saw a beat-up, late 90’s Dodge Neon drive up to the Quick Mart at MLK & Jackson, pick up several passengers, and then quickly leave the area.
Police recovered twelve .40 caliber shell casings at 28th & Jackson. The shells were in two groups, with seven found at the southwest corner, and five at the northwest corner. A victim also contacted police while they were in the area and pointed out bullet damage to the windshield of her vehicle which was parked facing eastbound on Jackson St. Police recovered a bullet fragment from the vehicle’s front seat and put it into evidence for analysis.
28th & Jackson is considered to be the home of the Deuce 8 gang, but the police report doesn’t make any specific ties to gang activity.
Next, on Saturday June 21st at just after midnight, officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the area around 29th & S. Lane in Judkins Park. Police were waved down by a witness who reported seeing a drive-by shooting that caused damage to her vehicle in the 700 block of 28th Ave S. It was struck three times, and one of the three bullets were recovered as evidence.
Other witnesses reported hearing a total of six to ten shots fired, and described seeing three vehicles driving southbound on 28th with their lights off. One vehicle was a white ’90s Chevrolet Lumina, followed by a black 90’s Ford Thunderbird and a blue sedan of an unknown make. One witness reported seing an arm with a light-colored sleeve reach out of the front right passenger window of the white Lumina, followed by the white muzzle flashes as the gun was fired. Another witness reported seeing the same three cars drive down the block about 5 minutes before the shooting, but with headlights that time.
Three .45 caliber shell casings were recovered from the west side of 28th Ave, about 20 feet south of the intersection with S. Lane. Eight additional .40 caliber casings were recovered further down the street, approximately mid-block.
In addition to the damage to the parked vehicle, a house was struck by the gunfire, hitting within a few feet of the residence’s front door. Police recovered one bullet from the house and placed it into evidence.
Police conducted a search for the suspect vehicles, but came up empty. In addition, members of the SPD Gang Unit assisted with the investigation.