Police Bolstering Patrols As Detectives Investigate Recent Shootings

The Seattle Police Department is aggressively pursuing leads in several recent incidents of gun violence in Rainier Beach, Othello Park and the Central District.

Last night, police were called to the 9400 block of Rainier Avenue South, where officers found evidence that more than 50 rounds were fired from a high-powered rifle and two handguns during an apparent drive-by shooting shortly after 11 PM. Five vehicles and five businesses were struck by gunfire in the incident, but thankfully no one was injured.

Police are also investigating another shooting in the area, which took place just after 11PM on May 12th. At that scene, police also found evidence that as many as 60 rounds were fired from a high-powered rifle and two handguns in a secluded area near an apartment complex in the 9200 block of 56th Avenue S, approximately one block from the scene of last night’s drive-by shooting. Police were unable to find any damage at the scene, or any witnesses who could identify the shooters.

Additionally, police are still investigating an exchange of gunfire at Othello Park in South Seattle—leaving one woman with shrapnel wounds—as well as four shootings in the Central District, which left three young men dead and another man with critical injuries.

As police work to determine any connection between these recent incidents. Chief Bailey has ordered the use of all available resources to investigate these cases and prevent further bouts of gun violence. Detectives from the Homicide/Assault and Gang Units are working these cases, and the department has assigned SWAT and other department resources to bolster visible patrols in areas effected by this sudden violence.

Police have developed leads in several of these cases, but are still seeking additional tips. If you have information about any of these incidents, please contact the Seattle Police violent crimes tip line at (206) 233-5000.

Teen Arrested After Stealing Woman’s Walker, Medication and Purse On Rainier

SPD officers arrested a 16-year-old robber on Rainier Tuesday evening after he and two of his friends attacked a 64-year-old woman and stole her purse, walker and medication.

Just after 4 pm, the woman was walking near Rainier Ave S and S Andover St after picking up a prescription at the store. Three young men approached her from behind, grabbed her purse, walker and bag of prescriptions and shoved the woman, who was able to stay upright. The teens ran away, laughing as they fled.

Three rightfully appalled witnesses chased after the three suspects and caught up to one of them at Lake People Park—in the 3100 block of 31st Ave S—and held the 16-year-old until police arrived.

Officers were able to find some of the victim’s property near the scene and returned it to her. Police are still working to identify the two other teenage suspects.

Police booked the 16-year-old suspect into the Youth Service Center for the robbery.

Three Arrested After Driver Rams Patrol Car On Capitol Hill

Officers arrested two men and a woman Monday afternoon after they rammed a patrol car and led police on a foot chase on Capitol Hill.

At about 1:30 pm on Monday May 5th, patrol officers saw a car make an illegal left turn at 12 Avenue and E Denny Way and realized the driver was wanted for a felony warrant. When officers tried to pull over the car, the driver sped away.

Police followed after the car—and the two men and two women inside—until the suspects collided with a vehicle parked near 10th Ave and Denny Way.

When officers pulled in behind the suspects’ car, the driver threw the car into reverse and rammed the officers’ patrol car.

Again, the suspects tried to speed away from the scene, but quickly realized the crash had left their car wedged between the patrol car and another vehicle parked on the street.

Two men and one of the women in the car fled the scene on foot, leaving one woman behind at the scene of the crash. Officers arrested her at the scene and began chasing after the other suspects.

Police caught up to one of the men about two blocks from the scene of the crash, and arrested the second man with the help of a bystander, who lent police a hand—or foot, rather—and tripped the second suspect at Broadway and E. John Street.

Officers found the woman and the two men were all wanted on warrants and booked them into the King County Jail. Police are still searching for a second female suspect.

Masked Men Attack Woman, Steal Marijuana and Safe From South Seattle Home

Robbery detectives are working to identify two masked men who forced their way inside a South Seattle home early this morning and held a woman at gunpoint before fleeing with a safe and bags of marijuana.

Just before 4 AM, the suspects walked into the home in the 2500 Block of S Juneau St, where they found the victim and a houseguest sleeping on couches in a front room.

One of the suspects pulled the victim off the couch, threw her to the ground, and struck her in the head with a pistol.  The suspect then ordered the woman to tell him where to find a safe and marijuana. During the robbery, the second suspect also threatened to kill the woman’s four-year-old daughter, who was in the house at the time.

After rifling through several rooms in the home, the suspects fled with two backpacks of marijuana and a safe filled with cash. The victim’s houseguest chased after the men, and shouted to the victim the suspects had fled the scene in a Jeep.

The houseguest took off in his own vehicle—possibly following the suspects—but did not return to the scene to speak with police.

The only suspect descriptions are two black males one wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, the other wearing a dark shirt.

The victim was not seriously injured and declined to be treated by the Seattle Fire Department.

If you have any information about this incident, please call 911 or the Seattle Police Department Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.

Woman Hospitalized After Riding Bike into Parked Police Van

A 27-year old cyclist was injured Sunday night after she collided with a parked Seattle Police van in front of the East precinct on Capitol Hill. At about 10:30 pm, the woman was riding her bike east on E Pine St approaching 12th Avenue when she struck the rear of the legally parked prisoner transport van.

Seattle Fire Department responded and transported the woman to Harboroview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The woman, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, is in stable condition.

Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigators responded to the scene and are investigating the incident. Police haven’t determined what caused the woman to ride into the van.