We try to report every bit of news we can find in the neighborhood – good and bad. I know some of you worry that our crime reporting will give the neighborhood a bad name vs. places with less coverage. So consider this a friendly reminder that there’s plenty of violence to go around, and only a small part of it happens on our streets:
John emailed to say he was listening to his scanner tonight and heard about this in the South precinct:
About 7:39 SFD dispatch to 8630 Rainier Ave S, Assault w weapon/14 per. It appears to be the minimart. Reports on the scene, 2 victims shot, one shot in the forearm, one in the upper thigh. Both male teens. Seems like lots of police headed that way. Traffic closed on Rainier from Cloverdale to Henderson. Suspect description, Black Male, 20-30, 6’0″, slender build.
I went back to our scanner recordings and heard the suspect described as a black male, 20-30, 6′ tall, slender build, in a black coat over a gray hoody, and with a dark hat. He was last seen eastbound on foot on S. Cloverdale.
Update: More from the SPD blog:
On November 23 at approximately 7:37 P.M. officers responded to multiple calls of shots fired near the parking lot of an apartment building in the 8600 block of Rainier Avenue South. Officers arrived on scene and discovered two juvenile male gunshot victims. One victim was shot in the arm and the other victim was shot in the leg. Both victims were treated at the scene by SFD Medics and transported to an area hospital. The suspect fled the scene on foot and is described as a young black male, approximately six feet tall, slim build, and wearing a black coat over a gray hoodie. Homicide and Gang Unit Detectives responded to the scene and are actively investigating.
And via Capitol Hill Seattle, a man was shot dead in a bar last night on First Hill:
On November 23 at approximately 12:06 A.M. officers responded to a call of shots fired inside a nightclub in the 900 block of Madison Street. Officers arrived on scene and found one male victim with a fatal gunshot wound. The victim was apparently shot inside the club. Homicide, Gang, and CSI Detectives all responded to the scene to investigate. The suspect remains at large. Homicide Detectives are actively investigating.
And of course there was the big mall shoot-em-up down at Southcenter yesterday: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/389051_mallshooting23.ht
There is a common thread in many of these, and it is the same one that brought the death of Quincy Coleman here on Halloween. We’ve got an escalating problem in the Seattle region with gang-involved kids that have access to guns and no qualms about killing their rivals over the smallest of issues. I doubt there will be any quick fix, but it seems like time to try everything we can.