Two posters to the popular “Madrona Mom’s” email list say that a neighborhood rally in Powell Barnett park against violence was disrupted Saturday by a scare sparked by reports of gunshots.
We have not yet been able to confirm with SPD what happened at the park Saturday afternoon but SPD did post information about another shots fired incident a half-mile away from where the rally was taking place — and, according to SPD, hours after the incident reported by two people posting to the mom’s list. SPD says no evidence of gunshots was found in that later Saturday incident reported near 28th and Jackson.
Here is one account of the Saturday afternoon incident from a Madrona Mom’s poster:
We were at Powell Barnett park this afternoon when gun shots were fired and it was a scary scene to say the least. I have never felt threatened there before and we go there often, but now I am reconsidering if we should go there at all. I want to support our community and I don’t want a few negative people to ruin a wonderful community park, but I also need to be realistic about the safety of my family. I’m curious if anyone else was there today or if anyone else has any thoughts regarding this.
Another poster corroborated the story and added additional details:
The police were on the scene fairly quickly, which is comforting, though wewere already two blocks away when we heard the shots fired.
What saddens me is that this happened during a rally intended to promotepeace, love, and responsibility in the local African American community. Therally was well attended, and the gun scare occurred while one of thespeakers was encoouraging the people of his community to be good parents, bepresen for their children and tea h them that they can be successful,despite “society’s judgements.” He then said into the microphone “you havegot to be kidding me!” as the crowd RAN from the perpetrator.
I hope this is my first and last experience like this.
Earlier in the day, another mom’s list poster e-mailed the list about the rally:
Today, Saturday at 2:30 is a program to bring people together to combat neighborhood violence. There will be a memorial service, city officials, music and hip hop. They are collecting blankets and canned goods to donate to CAMP as well as a woman’s shelter. It is sponsored by a non profit called Rising to the Top. Please come if you are able and show our continued support.
Central District News is looking into the incident and will continue to try to find out more about what occurred.