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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Dept. of Unsubstantiated Rumors

posted by on February 1 at 15:55 PM

This just in…

There’s some guy wandering around downtown shooting off a gun randomly.

Hey, it’s not a mayoral sex scandal, a la SF, or a city-wide freakout, a la Boston, but it’ll do. Here’s all we got right now, though:

I left Pike Place Market to go up to 15th, I went shopping this morning, a little after noon. And when I was up there waiting to come back I noticed police helicopters in the sky over Capitol Hill. You could see them cruising back and forth. When I got on the bus to come back down, at 1st and Pine, there was a policeman looking around and the bus driver was talking about this guy walking around the streets, shooting at random. They must not have found him yet, the driver said, since they’re still looking for him.

They have a description of the guy. And since I had to walk down through the market to get home, I asked the bus driver for it but he wouldn’t give it to me.

Anybody know anything?

In other “shots fired” news, the PI is reporting that…

Shots fired near Gov. Gregoire in Tacoma

Shots were fired in the vicinity of Gov. Chris Gregoire while she was visiting a Tacoma neighborhood Thursday afternoon, her staff said. “We were never in any danger,” said spokesman Lars Erickson….

No injuries were reported, and there was no indication the shots were related to the governor’s visit, Seattle television station KING reported. The station also said police were searching a nearby wooded area after receiving reports of a man with a rifle.

It could just be a coincidence. I mean, is there anyone in Tacoma that can’t say there were shots fired near them on any given day?

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Well, that's awful nice of the SPD to protect the identity of someone armed and dangerous.

Can't wait to leave work and get capped on my way home by some random nutball.

Posted by Gomez | February 1, 2007 4:05 PM

Even weirder, I just turned on KOMO 4 for coverage and they were leading with a story about a guy wandering around with a rifle in TACOMA.

Here's the KING 5 story on the Tacoma guy.

Posted by David Schmader | February 1, 2007 4:07 PM

Are you sure that's not one of those cell-phone TVs? How do we know you're not out and about?

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 1, 2007 4:13 PM

If Gregoire doesn't want to be near gunshots, she shouldn't go to Tacoma.

Posted by DOUG. | February 1, 2007 4:15 PM

There was a line from West Wing when Charlie got shot at by white supremists who didn't like him dating the president's daughter. A guy told him, "if they're shooting at you, you must be doing something right."

I don't really think Chris G. has anything to worry about for the time being.

Posted by monkey | February 1, 2007 4:21 PM

At least it gives them something more interesting to report on than that idiotic "Freezing Fog" frenzy from the other night. I seriously thought they were going to add "The Silent Killer" on the KING 5 promos.

Posted by Original Andrew | February 1, 2007 4:26 PM

Someone didn't pass the writing portion of the WASL.

Posted by Colin | February 1, 2007 5:16 PM

Well, I dont know about anyone else but my walk home on broadway was interesting this evening. It included many of the "usual" crazies but also a man seriously walking into ThaiGo and another toothless punk kid walking past everyone doing an 80's movie-style bully-punch (you know, when they raise their fist like they're going to but they dont). He did it to me but I saw him do it to a few others so I was prepared. Full moon + sun = crazies!

Posted by catnextdoor | February 1, 2007 5:35 PM

Ohh here's my rumor: My trip home included passing by the Check Cashing Mart on Othello & Rainier Ave South and noticing that A.C.O.R.N. had around (5) people protesting the Check Cashing Mart due to predatory lending practices hurting poor working families. Of course this will not be on KING 5 tonight or any night.

Posted by maria | February 1, 2007 6:53 PM

You're probably just trying to rile those of us who live in nice, affordable houses in good neighborhoods with good schools in that derided place called Tacoma, but I saw FAR more crime in my years in Seattle than I've seen here.

Posted by Marcy | February 1, 2007 8:19 PM

For the record, while I was never shot at in Tacoma, I was threatened and trailed by muggers in separate instances. Does that count?

Posted by Gomez | February 1, 2007 8:52 PM

Perhaps it was a Stranger staffer shooting squirrel?

Posted by kinaidos | February 1, 2007 10:03 PM

A former Metro driver told me that every day or two he'd get an "all drivers pick up your handsets" message instructing him to be on the lookout for a black guy wearing jeans and sneakers.

I wonder if they ever caught him.

Posted by Slip Mahoney | February 1, 2007 11:14 PM

- They look young and healthy and they are over 8 billion years old. -

That's the tie-in to the post?

Ok, I knew this guy -- intelligent guy -- who claimed that he communicated with people telepathically, and that there were non-humans disguised in among us. That's a guy who was also a former political activist, then scientist, then talent curator of a national theater. He did quite well for himself lifestyle-wise, and was very level-headed and 'grounded' if you knew him.

Like 1TITCTRPDEATTJT -- if I understand correctly, he was a pessimist on the future of humans and believed that humans were deluded about their dominance of the realm of existence, and that there were other beings (good and evil) hiding and pulling the strings. He believed conversely though that there was no point in fighting against it, but that one should figure out how to tune into that level of vision to be able to see it for what it is.

I let this guy try to hypnotize me once. He said it didn't work, but isn't that something you tell someone right before you bring 'em back?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | February 2, 2007 10:10 AM

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