Seattle police had a busy night on New Year’s Eve, with shootings, demonstration arrests, and a car accident.
- Seattle New Year’s shootings: First Hill’s Harborview was the center of activity on a bloody New Year’s eve as victims in multiple shooting incidents were rushed to the facility. One victim with a gunshot wound was dropped off at the hospital around 2:30 AM following a shooting incident near 26th and Yesler. Later in the morning, police say as many as five people were shot in an incident near a South Seattle motorcycle club around 5:30 AM. UPDATE: Only one of the victims in the motorcycle club incident was shot. Three others were seriously assaulted. Only minutes earlier, police and medics were busy with at least one victim in a shooting incident on Airport Way South. Earlier in the night around 2:30 AM, police were investigating yet another shooting near 12th and Main. There were no known victims in that incident in which a man pulled a gun out of his vehicle and opened fire on another car. Before midnight, a West Seattle shooting at a New Year’s party sent two to the hospital including a male with multiple gunshot wounds.
- Driver hits tree at Broadway/Jeff: A driver crashed into a tree near Broadway and Jefferson in a single-car incident just before 2 AM. According to Seattle Fire, the 22-year-old woman was taken to the hospital in stable condition after the single-car crash.
- Demonstration arrests: At least two protesters were taken into custody after police say a crowd of demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at officers Tuesday night. A planned “New Year’s Eve Noise Demonstration” drew about 50 protesters to King County Juvenile Detention Center at 12th and Alder.
- Drive-by shooting: Police are seeking suspects in a drive-by shooting that took place in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. From the SPD blotter:
Unknown suspects are at large following an early morning drive by shooting near 26 Av E and E. Yesler St. On 1/1/14, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the victim showed up at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) with a gunshot wound to his left wrist. East patrol responded and spoke to the victim. He said he was driving with his girlfriend near 26 Av and E Yesler Way when someone in another car started shooting at them.
The victim stated that he did not see the shooter or the suspect car. Gang Unit Detectives responded to HMC and to the shooting scene. Several shell casings were recovered by patrol at 26 Av and E Yesler Way.
The victim’s car was impounded to the processing room.
The 21-yr-old victim sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the wrist. The investigation continues.