(Seattle Times) Eight people were shot, three of them fatally, over a span of about three hours in four Seattle neighborhoods early Sunday morning, continuing an ongoing uptick in gun violence that’s already wounded or killed more than 200 people in King County so far this year.
“It just saddens me when I think about it,” said Tyrone Henderson, the general manager of the Stage Seattle Nightclub, which is next to a parking lot in Pioneer Square where two of the three homicide victims were shot around 2:30 a.m.
“It’s not just the people that got shot but also the people who saw it. There’s a lot of traumatized people.”
He said the rash of unrelated shootings “puts a lot of pressure on the police and they can’t be everywhere at once.”
Interim Seattle police Chief Adrian Diaz expressed a similar sentiment and noted the rise in gun violence comes at a time when the Seattle Police Department is seeing a steady decline in the number of rank-and-file police officers able to respond to crime. About 270 officers had left the department over the past 18 months as of June.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement that Sunday’s shootings were part of a national epidemic that saw more than 900 shootings in cities across the country just last week.
Durkan and Diaz last week announced the city has allocated $10.4 million in one-time funding to 33 community organizations over 18 months for violence-prevention programs and to increase safety for communities of color.
The city also earmarked $2 million to help fund a pilot program called the King County Regional Peacekeepers Collective.
Early Sunday shootings in Belltown, Pioneer Square, and the Chinatown-International District left 3 dead and 4 injured. As Chief Diaz recorded this update, officers were responding to an additional shooting at Cal Anderson with multiple victims. More information to come on all. pic.twitter.com/2j0uS3aSy4— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 25, 2021
Detectives Investigating Sunday Night Lake City Homicide https://t.co/H4aQnEkSF7— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 26, 2021