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After violent night that left 3 dead and 5 hurt in Seattle, 2 arrests made, police say

KOMO-TV Seattle logo KOMO-TV Seattle 7/26/2021 Alfred Charles, KOMONews.com Executive Producer
After violent night that left 3 dead and 5 hurt in Seattle, 2 arrests made, police say
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At least three people were killed and others injured during a series of overnight shootings Sunday in downtown Seattle over a three-hour span, including a scene where gunfire erupted as hundreds of patrons were leaving a nightclub, police said.

Late Sunday evening, police said two people were arrested in connection with one of the shooting scenes, with a suspect expected to face a homicide charge and another suspect for unlawful discharge of a weapon. 

Around 10 p.m. Sunday, Seattle police were called to another shooting near 33rd Avenue and 130th Street. Details about the shooting were pending but police said a homicide did occur during the incident. It was not immediately clear if a suspect was in custody or if the victim knew their assailant.

Susan Gregg, a spokesperson for Harborview Medical Center, said in an email to KOMO News that three men were treated at the hospital for gunshot wounds, including one who later died. Gregg said a 37-year-old man was transferred from another hospital after he had been hurt at Cal Anderson Park. Another man had sought treatment after going to the hospital's emergency room. 

Gregg said both were listed in satisfactory condition Sunday morning. 

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Police said initially that three were killed but clarified later to say that two were dead and blamed the erroneous information on the double reporting of information.

In a subsequent post to the SPD police blotter at 11:30 a.m., officials clarified that three victims were killed during the overnight mayhem.

In a video posted to social media, interim Seattle Police Department Chief Adrian Diaz said the shootings were linked to an abundance of guns on city streets.

"We've got to figure out a way to get the guns off the streets," he said.

In a written statement, Mayor Jenny Durkan's office pointed to her office's comprehensive strategy to address crime.

“While gun violence existed before the pandemic, we are seeing a nationwide increase of violent crimes across nearly every city in America including Seattle and our region. As people were coming back to enjoy Seattle’s nightlife, Seattle saw one its worst mornings of violence with four separate and unrelated incidents that escalated into gun fire. Moms lost their sons, friends lost loved ones, and five individuals were injured. And yet again, it is communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by this national epidemic,” the mayor said.  “Tackling gun violence has no easy solutions. This level of gun violence in Seattle and our country cannot become our new normal, which is why we are moving forward with a multi-prong strategy in our region to take guns off the street, invest in community led solutions, create a comprehensive support system for young people at risk of gun violence, and appropriately hold individuals accountable for acts of violence. "

The shootings occurred in Belltown, Pioneer Square, Chinatown-International District and Cal Anderson Park, according to Diaz. 

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Police said the shooting incidents were:

  • Blanchard Street and 1st Avenue about 1:45 a.m.: One person was killed during a fight that was reported at the scene. Police said in a written statement that a fight broke out in a bar that spilled out into the street. Police arrived and broke up the fight but they heard shots nearby, and found a man with gunshot wounds. Crews tried to save the victim but he was pronounced dead.  A police spokesperson said late Sunday that two arrests have been made in connection with this killing, including one for suspicion of homicide and one for unlawful discharge of a weapon. Police identified one of the suspects as Isaih Tulasaga, 25. He was being held at the King County Jail and expected to be charged with homicide. Ray Turner, who lives in the area, said he was too scared to look outside his window. "I don't want to come out and get shot," he said.
  • 2nd Avenue and South Washington Street at 2:30 a.m.: While police were investigating the first incident, officers were called to the second location outside Trinity nightclub. located at 107 Occidental Ave. S., when gunfire erupted as over 300 people were leaving, Diaz said. Two men were shot at the scene, with one suffering critical injuries but another died at the location. Three of the victims were taken in personal vehicles to area hospitals. One of the victims taken to the hospital died there from their injuries, according to police. A witness told KOMO News that one man was apparently chasing another when they began shooting at each other.  "There were maybe seven shots fired consecutively," the woman said, adding that frightened club patrons took cover as stray bullets struck several innocent bystanders in Pioneer Square, including one person who later died at the hospital. "They had everybody come inside (the club) and everyone stayed in there," she said.
  • 12th Avenue and South Main Street about 3:30 a.m.: Police were called to this scene and one shooting victim showed up at a local hospital seeking treatment, police said. According to investigators, a woman sought treatment at a Bellevue hospital after being shot in the stomach. She was being treated for a non-life-threatening injury from the incident, which occurred about 1:40 a.m.
  • Cal Anderson Park: At 4:40 a.m., callers reported gunfire at the park, and a man sought treatment for a gunshot wound at Harborview Medical Center a few minutes later after taking a rideshare vehicle to the hospital. The victim told police he was shot after playing basketball at the park.

Said Diaz: "We've had resources from all throughout the city responding to the shooting scenes."

Several police investigators were combing downtown streets Sunday morning as they searched for clues. Several blocks were cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape as they investigated the shootings.

The shootings have raised concern about the level of gun violence and what the city can do to reduce the number of shootings in Seattle.

Anyone with information about the incidents was asked to call the Seattle Police Department's Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000. 

Police also said they would be interested in reviewing any video footage if anyone at the shooting scenes managed to capture any recordings.

What can be done to quell Seattle's gun violence?

Erin Goodman, chairperson of the South Precinct Advisory Council, said city leaders need to take the gun violence seriously.

Caption: Community activists are saying the city needs to do something to quell the violence that has occurred this weekend.

"We need to try things and not wait for the perfect solution," she said. "We need to invest in the community organizations that are working with youths that are at risk. We need to invest with the community organizations that are working to strengthen families (and) we need to invest in more police officers."

Jim Fuda, director of the Washington state chapter of Crime Stoppers, said police have been hamstrung by shortages on the force.

"You’ve got police leaving (and) you’ve got politicians tying the hands of police officers," he said. "This is the result of that."

(Fuda @ 0:40) this is the result of that

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