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Monday, June 30, 2014

Reports of a Shooting at the SODO Light Rail Station

Posted by on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

More when we know more.

5:18 pm: The Seattle Times reports one person is dead.

5:23 pm:

6:05 pm: Reportedly this began with a dispute between a man and a fare-enforcement officer.


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Forget about facts. We should offer our opinions NOW.
Posted by caution&daring on June 30, 2014 at 5:17 PM · Report this
Somehow this is the NRA's fault.
Posted by CPN on June 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM · Report this
JonnoN 3
opinion: @1 is an asshole.

fact: 1 person is dead and a 2nd is wounded.
Posted by JonnoN on June 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM · Report this
Keister Button 6
I know the suspect is dead. Who is wounded?
Posted by Keister Button on June 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM · Report this
seatackled 7
So far the Times report is the a dispute between a passenger and a fare enforcement officer led to a sheriff's deputy being called. The deputy shot and killed the passenger.

No details right now about how dangerous the passenger may have been.

Don't fare enforcement travel in trios?
Posted by seatackled on June 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM · Report this
meanie 9
Posted by meanie on June 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM · Report this
Human life =$2.75. This is another way of proving corporations are WAY more valuable than people.
Posted by pat L on June 30, 2014 at 7:21 PM · Report this
JonnoN 13
no further reports of someone else wounded.
Posted by JonnoN on June 30, 2014 at 7:42 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 14
"At some point one of the men pulled out a handgun and the deputy shot the man."

If true, that's a little more than fare aversion, don't you think? Some jerk was riding on public transit with a gun. That's bad enough. But then this brainiac decides to pull it on a cop? What did he think would happen? A coffee klatch?

Again, if this account is true, then good riddance.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on June 30, 2014 at 7:49 PM · Report this
@3 Ok. You got your facts out. Fine, go ahead and opine. Happy now?

@14 If the guy had a gun and was simply trying to get home to cook dinner for his aging mother or to volunteering at a dog shelter, then it would make a huge difference.
Posted by caution&daring on June 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM · Report this
Hernandez 18
@15 If the guy had a gun and pulled it out in the process of disputing a transit fare, then it doesn't really matter where he was headed.
Posted by Hernandez on June 30, 2014 at 9:12 PM · Report this
venomlash 19
@15, 18: The moment he pulled a gun on someone, the hospital, prison, or morgue was where he was headed. It just so happened that his number came up "morgue".
Posted by venomlash on June 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM · Report this

I couldn't have said it better myself, but there is something that bothers me about stories like this on the SLOG.

If the guy who'd pulled a gun on the cop had been a cute, white hipster who used to cook at a hipster restaurant in Ballard and happened to be a woefully cute but misunderstood junkie, I'm guessing there would be some sort of outcry here...


Crickets chirping?

Oh, well. No hypocrisy here on the SLOG...
Posted by CPN on June 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM · Report this
seatackled 22

That "crickets" imagery you use is stunningly original.
Posted by seatackled on June 30, 2014 at 10:55 PM · Report this
Charles always has such nice things to say about public transit. I wonder how a train that goes from SoDo through the Valley ended up with an armed, possibly non-fare paying hoodlum on it. The guy probably had a valid concealed carry permit too, because gun laws are effective with criminals.
Posted by ChefJoe on June 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 24
Hmm. Good guy with a gun stops bad guy with a gun. I thought that never happened (at least within most Slog readers' little bubble).
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on July 1, 2014 at 1:40 AM · Report this
tainte 26
25, who are we going to call?…
Posted by tainte on July 1, 2014 at 5:30 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 27
5280 dear, in your rush to be a maudlin besieged defender of the poor beleaguered second ammendment, you failed to notice that most of the commenters really don't have an issue with this person being shot. The troll, as usual, is all over the place but if you turn him off, the registered commenters aren't all that worked up.

There's enough opportunities in life to be a victim without having to make them up. That's something you Tories need to learn.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on July 1, 2014 at 6:18 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 28
CPN, unless you know something we don't, where is the hypocrisy? We don't know who was shot. No names have been released.

Like I said to our dear 5280, stop being a victim.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on July 1, 2014 at 6:47 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 29
@28: The hypocrisy is based in that people want to know who he is before it was ok he was shot, instead of just looking at the event itself.

Like it or not, CPN is dead on.

Cute white gay local guy threatens a cop and is shot, there is outrage and calls for investigation.

But when groups from other demographics get shot in the same circumstances, no one cares.

So, no one cares about the situation here, but maybe they will if they find out he was "like them?"

That is hypocrisy.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on July 1, 2014 at 8:39 AM · Report this
venomlash 33
@21: I think the cop who shot the "cute, white hipster" was perfectly justified. If you're a law enforcement officer pursuing a suspect and the guy lunges at you with a bladed weapon, you shoot for center mass with the weapon in your hand (be that a Taser or a firearm). We can't demand that our police take the several seconds to decide whether lethal force is absolutely needed; if they are in plausible danger of serious or fatal injury at the hands of a criminal, they defend themselves first. I have no love for the Monday-morning-quarterbacking of people who think that he was wrong to fire those shots.
Posted by venomlash on July 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM · Report this
Claypatch 34
@23: Careful there sport. Your white hood is beginning to show.
Posted by Claypatch on July 2, 2014 at 12:45 AM · Report this
Here's my problem with this. The original witness statements that state that the person who was shot was already pressed up against the glass and being cuffed are disappearing.

The original news reports that talk about eyewitness statements reporting the same as mentioned above and seeing the KCSO deputy step up and put the gun against the guys stomach and firing 3 times are starting to going poof as well.

Something isn't quite right here...and there was no mention of a gun until long after, and witness statements were that the alleged fare-jumper was unarmed.

It's not past the SPD or KCSO to use a filed-off drop gun. It wouldn't be their first or last time doing so.

I'm not saying this is how things went down...but there's something seriously off about this story...and not just here on The Stranger.
Posted by snokes on July 2, 2014 at 3:57 PM · Report this

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