Broken glass leads police to double slaying
Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two men found in a parked car in South Seattle on Monday.
Seattle Times staff reporters
Two men were found shot to death inside a parked car in South Seattle early Monday.
Police are investigating the slayings, but no arrests have been made.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office had not released the names of the victims or their cause of death, but police said the two men both were shot in the head.
According to police, an officer stopped about 6 a.m. to investigate the maroon Jaguar that was parked at the curb of 39th Avenue South and South Kenyon Street.
The officer had noticed broken glass on the ground and initially thought he was looking at a car prowl, police said.
He then saw the two bodies in the car, according to Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson. Both men were dead before medics arrived, police said.
A resident of a housing complex next to where the Jaguar was parked, who did not give his name, said he heard three shots around 3 a.m., but did not call police.
Another resident of the gated Samaki Commons housing complex, Henry Chiu, said he was not worried. He said he does not believe the killings were random.
A police source close to the investigation said it appears the men were involved in some sort of drug transaction when they were killed.
Police investigators canvassed the neighborhood for possible witnesses and processed the crime scene, circling 29 blood spots that led down the sidewalk on South Kenyon Street, away from the parked car.
Seattle police South Precinct Capt. Steve Paulsen said the shootings, near the NewHolly housing development, came at a time the precinct is seeing reduced crime rates.
“We’ve been working quite a bit down there, and it’s been doing really, really well. That area normally is very low in reported crime,” Paulsen said, adding that violent and property crime is down 16 percent in the precinct compared with a year ago.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call 911.
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