Once again, there has been another night of multiple shootings in Seattle. This is a city where numerous contemporary issues are colliding. A natural response to a surge in gun violence is a surge in people protecting themselves with their own guns.
On Aug. 31, 2021, at 1:12 a.m., in the 1000 Blk E. John St., it appears a potential robbery victim turned the tables on the suspect.
FOX News reported that a 39-year-old man told police while walking along a sidewalk in the Capitol Hill neighborhood that a 24-year-old man attempted to rob him. The wannabe robber reportedly demanded money from the victim, who pulled out a gun and shot the suspect. When police arrived, they found the suspect down with a gunshot wound. Seattle Fire Department (SFD) medics rushed him to Harborview Medical Center, where hospital staff pronounced the suspect dead.
Seattle police are reporting, “Homicide detectives are now interviewing the victim in an attempt to understand what led up to the shooting.”
This was one of three shootings occurring in the city within 24 hours. Another shooting took place at 1:35 p.m. in the normally quiet Green Lake neighborhood. An unknown suspect shot a woman in the stomach. The 58-year-old victim was also transported to Harborview and was listed in stable condition. According to FOX, “Witnesses told officers that a suspect robbed the woman on the street and then shot her.
There was also a shooting downtown in the city’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. A 20-year-old suffered a gunshot wound. He refused to speak with the police. Seattle Fire Department (SFD) medics said the man had been shot in the abdomen. SFD medics also rushed this victim to Harborview, where he was reported in serious condition.
Pioneer Square has been an area of concern recently due to out-of-control homelessness and associated crime. Judges from the King County Superior Court recently ordered a homeless camp cleared after the attempted rape of a court employee in a courthouse restroom.
Q13 FOX reported, SPD Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz recently said, “so far this year, 104 separate shooting incidents resulted in 135 victims.” Diaz lamented the “staffing crisis” that he says prevents him from deploying officers in sufficient number to be a deterrent to violence.
About the increasing violence, Diaz said, “We’re better than this.” He’s asked the City Council to fund 1,400 officers. But with the Council’s waffling over the de-fund the police issue, it’s anyone’s guess whether the Council would approve such a number. And with difficulties in officer retention and recruiting, the number of cops they do or do not authorize may be moot.
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