UPDATE: See below for running coverage of the very lively and sometimes tense community forum.
A woman was shot in the head and killed shortly after 11:30 Wednesday morning in what could be a carjacking at 8th and Seneca in the parking lot of Town Hall on First Hill.
The suspect, described as a white male with a crew cut, fled in the victim’s black Mercedes. The car was recovered in West Seattle, where police started a manhunt. Our sister site Capitol Hill Seattle in on the scene with more information.
The killing comes just 30 minutes after a man shot five people at Cafe Racer in the University District, killing
two (UPDATE: A third victim has died. UPDATEx2: A fourth victim has also died.) and seriously wounding the others. A manhunt in the U District/Ravenna closed Ravenna and Cowen Parks, while all public schools in the area went into lockdown. Police say it’s too early to say the two incidents are unrelated.
UPDATE: The suspect has allegedly shot
and killed himself at 37th and SW Raymond, just miles from where the Mercedes was found (UPDATE: The suspect has died). Police now believe the incidents are related.
Recent fatal shootings have hit the south side, the north side, Pioneer Square, First Hill and right here in the Central District. While other neighborhoods have been the scene of shootings today, the Central District is still in the early stages of coming to terms with last week’s shooting death of Justin Ferrari at MLK and Cherry.
In the wake of Ferrari’s death, the East Precinct Advisory Committee (EastPAC) organized a community forum on violence in the neighborhood. The forum will go from 6:30-8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Garfield Community Center.
“We’re going to keep it simple,” said EastPAC Chair Stephanie Tschida. Since Ferrari’s death is still very fresh and today’s violence has likely stirred up a lot of fresh emotions, the forum will be focused mostly on giving community members the chance to speak.
“We just want people to come together,” said Tschida. “It helps for people to be together and talk about this stuff.”