2 shot dead in 2 nights in same part of Leschi
There have been three fatal shootings in Seattle’s Leschi and Central District neighborhoods over the past week. Police say they don’t know if the killings are related.
Seattle Times staff reporters
A 36-year-old man was shot and killed Friday night in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood, two blocks from where another man was fatally shot the night before.
The killing is the third deadly shooting in the Leschi and Central District neighborhoods in a week. Police said they don’t know if the shootings are related, and they are not ruling out gang activity.
“Without knowing who the suspect is and what the motivation is, it is hard to say there is a connection,” said Seattle Police Department spokesman Mark Jamieson. “We are not ruling anything out ... especially when you have two shootings two blocks from each other.”
There have been nine homicides in Seattle this year, Jamieson said. Of those, he noted that two were officer-involved homicides.
Seattle police said officers responded to Friday’s shooting on 28th Avenue South and South Charles Street just before 11 p.m., after receiving several reports of shots fired.
When officers arrived, the man was lying in the street and not breathing. Police administered CPR until medics arrived. The man died at Harborview Medical Center.
Police said witnesses told them several vehicles left the area after the shooting, but police have no suspects or vehicle descriptions.
Enrico Rittinger, who lives a block from where the shooting took place, said he thinks violence in the neighborhood is happening more often compared to when he moved in 3½ years ago.
“I feel like I’m in a gangland war zone when I’m out walking my dogs,” said Rittinger, a sommelier at a Safeway store. “I understand the police can’t be here 24/7, but something needs to be done about it.”
The shooting comes after a 20-year-old man was killed Thursday around 7 p.m., two blocks north of the scene of Friday night’s killing.
On April 19, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot in the Central District near East Union Street and 22nd Avenue around 2:30 a.m.
The evening before that homicide, gang detectives responded to reports of shots fired near 23rd Avenue and East Union Street around 7:30 p.m. Officers arrested an 18-year-old man after they discovered he had a handgun and there were warrants out for his arrest. The man was booked into King County Jail on multiple charges, according to police.
During an attempted robbery on Friday, a 36-year-old man was shot and wounded in the Central District near 25th Avenue and East Columbia Street.
With three fatalities and two other reports of gunfire in the Central District and Leschi neighborhoods, police spokesman Jamieson said the East Precinct has increased patrols in the area.
With few leads to go on, Seattle police are asking anyone with information to call 911.
“We encourage anyone who has any information, however insignificant it may seem, to call Seattle police,” Jamieson said. “Oftentimes that is what will break the case.”
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