Murder in the Central District

Police continue to look for suspects after finding a 20-year-old man shot to death in the Central District early this evening.

At approximately 6:44 p.m. officers responded to 911 reports of shots fired and then a man down in the 500 block of 28th Avenue South. As officers responded to the area additional callers reported seeing a car speeding off southbound and a man running northbound from the shooting scene. No further descriptions or details were provided by the calling parties.

Officers arrived on scene in under two minutes and located the victim lying in the street unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers set up containment and immediately began CPR. Fire department medics responded and took over CPR. Medics pronounced the victim deceased at the scene shortly thereafter.

There is no suspect or suspect vehicle information available at this time.

Homicide and Gang Unit detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect(s) is asked to call the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.

Anonymous tips are welcome.

This remains an active and on-going murder investigation.

Vehicle Arson in North Seattle, Suspect in Custody

A man who deliberately set a pickup truck on fire in North Seattle late last night is in custody.

On April 19th at approximately 10:52 p.m. officers responded to reports of an arson to a vehicle in the 11300 block of Corliss Avenue North. Preliminary investigation indicates that three adult males and an adult female were gathered around the victim’s vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck. The adult male suspect and adult male victim got into an argument over the female. The suspect brandished a firearm and then squeezed a container full of an unknown accelerant into the pickup truck and lit it on fire. The suspect and female then fled the scene on foot.

The victim, a 28-year-old male, retrieved a fire extinguisher from a nearby resident and tried unsuccessfully to put out the fire. The victim then fled the scene on foot and remains at large.

Fire department personnel responded to the scene and put out the vehicle fire. Besides destroying the truck, the fire also damaged some electrical wires hanging above the truck (it is unknown if anyone lost power over the damaged electrical wires).

Based on information developed during the course of their investigation, officers were able to locate and stop a suspect vehicle, a Chrysler Concorde sedan, at North 115th Street and Aurora Avenue North. Both the primary suspect, a male in his 20′s, and the female from the original group of four were in the vehicle. The only subject out of the original group of four to remain at the scene of the vehicle arson was an adult male who was subsequently interviewed by responding officers. He was transported to the traffic stop location and positively identified the male suspect and female subject.

The suspect was placed under arrest and both he and the female subject were transported to the North Precinct to be interviewed.

Two other subjects in the Chrysler sedan, a male and female, were interviewed and released from the scene. The Chrysler was impounded and taken to the evidence garage.

Seattle Police Arson/Bomb Squad detectives responded to the scene and are handling the active and on-going investigation.

Shots Fired, Man With Gun & Warrants Arrested in the Central District

Officers arrested an 18-year-old man and located two handguns after responding to 911 calls of shots fired in the Central District last night.

On April 18th at approximately 7:29 p.m. officers responded to the area of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street for reports of shots fired and cars speeding out of the area. A witness reported seeing a black male suspect dump a gun in some bushes and walk away accompanied by a black female. Officers stopped the two subjects and Gang Unit detectives responded to assist with the interviews. 

Officers conducted an area search and located a handgun in some bushes nearby. 

The female subject denied hearing any gunshots or seeing a gun. She was identified and released pending further investigation. 

The male subject was identified and arrested once several active warrants were located. In a search of his person incident to arrest another handgun was found on him.

The 18-year-old male suspect was subsequently booked into the King County Jail on multiple charges.

No victims and no property damage were located.

 

Vehicle/Bicycle Collision With Serious Injuries

A male bicyclist was rushed to the hospital after colliding head on with an SUV early this morning.

On April 19th at approximately 12:16 a.m. officers responded to a vehicle/bicycle collision near Boren Avenue and Pike Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male bicyclist was travelling westbound on Pike Street approaching Boren Avenue. At the same time a green Kia SUV was travelling eastbound on Pike Street approaching Boren Avenue.

For reasons yet to be determined, the bicyclist crossed the center line and proceeded westbound in the eastbound lanes and struck the Kia head on. The bicyclist was thrown from his bicycle, struck the windshield of the Kia and landed on the pavement.

Fire department medics responded and transported the 43-year-old male bicyclist to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) with serious but non-life-threatening head and facial injuries.

Officers evaluated the driver of the Kia for indications of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. No signs of impairment were detected. The driver of the Kia was interviewed and released from the scene.

Officers also responded to HMC and evaluated the bicyclist for indications of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. The bicyclist exhibited obvious signs of impairment due to alcohol consumption.

There were no citations issued at the scene which is standard procedure in serious traffic incidents requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Officers Recover Cell Phone Taken in Robbery

A juvenile male sits in jail after stealing a cell phone during a robbery in a West Seattle park last night.

On April 18th at approximately 11:05 p.m. officers responded to 911 calls of a fight disturbance in Lincoln Park located in the 8000 block of Fauntleroy Way SW. Upon arrival officers contacted a juvenile male victim who reported that his cell phone was taken by a 16-year-old black male suspect. Officers conducted an area check and observed a group of juveniles boarding a Metro bus just south of the park. The bus was stopped at SW Wildwood Street and SW Brace Point Drive. The victim was transported to this location and positively identified the suspect (in the group of juveniles) as the person that had stolen his cell phone.

Officers recovered the victim’s cell phone and the suspect was subsequently booked into the Youth Service Center (juvenile jail) for Investigation of Robbery.