4 shootings Sunday
On July 25, four unrelated shootings killed five people and wounded nine in and around Seattle’s downtown between 1:40 and 4:40 a.m, according to Mayor Jenny Durkan. The shootings took place in the Belltown, Pioneer Square, Chinatown-International District and Capitol Hill neighborhoods.
At 1:48 a.m., officers responded to a physical disturbance at a bar in the 2200 block of First Avenue in Belltown. While officers were outside breaking up the fight with the involved parties, they heard gunshots nearby. Officers found an adult man with gunshot wounds who died at the scene.
At 2:32 a.m., multiple callers near Occidental Square reported a shooting. Officers located two adult men with gunshot wounds. One man was declared deceased at the scene, while another man was transported by Seattle Fire Department medics to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Three other victims were transported in personal vehicles to nearby hospitals, one of whom died of his injuries at HMC.
A victim with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the stomach arrived at a Bellevue hospital at 3:29 a.m., saying she had been shot in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, at 12th Avenue South and South Main Street, around 1:40 a.m.
Then, at 4:40 a.m., 911 callers reported hearing several shots at Cal Anderson Park. Not long after the 911 calls, a man with a gunshot wound arrived at HMC. The victim said he had been shot at the park after playing a basketball game.
In both 2019 and 2020, there were 216 deaths related to gun violence in Washington state, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a U.S. nonprofit formed in 2013. There was an increase in gun injuries from 308 in 2019 to 328 in 2020. This year, Washington has had 113 deaths related to gun violence and 178 injuries thus far.
On July 26, Durkan held a press conference addressing the prior day’s shootings and said, “Seattle saw one of the worst late night, early morning violence in recent memory.”
Interim Chief of Police Adrian Diaz also spoke at the press conference. “We’ve seen more than a 40% increase in shots fired this year compared to the same time last year,” he said. He’s wary the trend will continue to rise.
Public health officials re-recommending masks
On July 23, Seattle & King County Public Health posted on its blog a recommendation that residents five years of age and older wear masks in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status. This announcement comes after COVID-19 cases have more than doubled since the governor lifted the Washington mask mandate June 29.
According to the blog post, “Of the recent COVID-19 test samples genetically sequenced in King County, about 90% represent a variant of concern and not the original strain of the virus, and about 60% of these are the Delta variant.”
Samira George covers real people living real lives in the Puget Sound. Follow her on Twitter @samirakgeorge.
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