News Violence on Capitol Hill
posted by March 13 at 10:51 AMon
Our weekend post about a shooting outside Sugar nightclub on Capitol Hill and our earlier report in the paper about fights outside Capitol Hill’s Club Lagoon started a heated conversation about violence on Capitol Hill.
To follow-up, news intern Jonah Spangenthal-Lee (Sp?) reviewed the police reports from the shooting outside Sugar. Here’s his write-up:
Early Saturday morning, as Capitol Hill night clubbers flowed out into the streets, police swarmed the block of East Pike Street that stretches between 10th Avenue and Broadway, responding to two separate and simultaneous blasts of gunfire.
According to SPD reports, at 2:02 a.m., the Seattle Police Department responded to a “shots fired [on] the 1500 block of Broadway.” Police nearly collided with a speeding gray Chevy Avalanche, which upon further inspection was occupied by a shooting victim and three other men. Upon exiting the vehicle, a bullet dropped onto the pavement from a “superficial bullet wound” in the victim’s left calf and was collected by SPD.
There is some speculation that this shooting may have been preceded by an incident at Sugar nightclub at 916 East Pike Street. Security manager John Rogers told me that his security team had broken up several fights that night, and the shooting victim claims to have been at Sugar earlier in the evening. He reports that Sugar was holding a staff meeting to discuss the incident Monday night.
Within 60 seconds of that shooting, an officer on patrol in the same area heard a series of four gunshots before being flagged down by several pedestrians who drew his attention to “fighting and shooting” at the Shell gas station that sits at the northeast corner of Pike and Broadway. The responding officer reports seeing a group of six or seven black males run north on Broadway, before fleeing in three separate vehicles. The officer returned to the Shell station to retrieve several spent bullet casings and “shield the evidence from encroaching inebriates.”
At this moment, officers were attending to the slightly wounded occupant of the Chevy, and closed off Pike before bringing in the K-9 unit, which yielded little success due to “heavy pedestrian traffic.”
Back at the Shell station, a fight between three men and a pizza delivery driver suddenly broke out, sending several pizzas scattering across the concrete. Upon trying to escape his assailants, the delivery driver slammed into a car parked behind him. The officer at the scene, unable to receive any backup due to a number of officers being occupied in the pursuit of a possible shooting suspect, “scare[d] off” the delivery man’s attackers. When officers searched the area later, they were unable to find any further victims or damage from the shooting.
The SPD is still investigating the shootings.