Police found the victim of an apparent shooting following a 911 caller reporting gunfire and a person down on 16th Ave between Marion and Columbia early Wednesday morning.
According to police radio, officers found a wounded male in his 20s unconscious at the scene around 2:12 AM. An investigation was underway and the area around 16th was closed off as police and emergency crews were on the scene.
Seattle Fire reported that medics transported a male in his 20s from the 800 block of 16th Ave to Harborview with a gunshot wound to his chest. There was ongoing CPR due to his life threatening injuries.
UPDATE: As of 9:40 AM, there have been no updates about the situation from SPD.
UPDATE: Here’s the preliminary report from SPD:
Shooting suspect being soughtWritten by Detective Renee Witt on
Officers responded to a call of shots fired. On 1/22/14, just shortly after 2:00 a.m., a witness called 911 and reported hearing a single gunshot and then the sound of a vehicle speeding off in the 800 block of 16 Av. The witness was able to see that the vehicle leaving was a red corvette.
When officers arrived they found the victim lying in the street. He was unresponsive and had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Seattle Fire responded and transported the 37-year-old victim to HMC with life threatening injuries. Gang Unit detectives responded and processed the crime scene.
After clearing the scene Gang Unit detectives located a red Corvette parked 2 blocks away. The car was impounded to the processing room for an investigatory hold.
It is unknown what led up to the shooting. No suspect information is available at this time.
The investigation continues.
It has long been known that archetectural and infrastructural designs, as well as lighting and a wide range of built environment aspects have strong effects on behavior. Many of the improvements people want in transportation and roads have an opportuntity to incorporated crime prevention and other social engineering elements. Greenways, traffic calming, building design, view corridors, landscape design. All these things can be developed to build an enjoyable neighborhood, allow for growth, and descourage crime at the same time.
I know people will fly off at my suggestions as usual, but, dedicated bikeways or limited local trafic streets with dead ends to vehicle traffic are a part of the solution. While calming side street traffic, and creating safe bikeways, limited access streets also reduce egress to fleeing felons. If we could limit vehicle entry and exit points to say 20 – then fleeing vehicles would be funnelled through points where they can be monitored or/and stopped. Imagine a Lane, King, Dearborn, Weller and 18th from Charles had no connection to Rainier. The only traffic in that area would be local and would all funnel to Jackson or 23rd as points of ingress, egress to Jackson Place. Do the same for the other communities. Improve the arterials into buelevards with steele pop up baracades and guard houses. Then run garden like climbing walls and other landscape barriers to foot flight – funnelling people through segments of the 1-90 and 520 lids and a several east/west points that can be slammed shut and dogs sent in to hunt down people who misbehave – or that can’t spell, to be fair.
Well, perhaps I have gotten to fancifull again, but, the core point is our design choices can effect crime and wellbeing. Bueahahaha.