Tonight shootout in Seattle, Wa 1/22/2020 around 3rd ave and pike.

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1 dead and 7 injured, including 9-year-old boy, in mass shooting on downtown Seattle sidewalk
Jan. 22, 2020 at 5:14 pm Updated Jan. 22, 2020 at 10:07 pm

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By
Sara Jean Green, Elise Takahama and Mike Carter
Seattle Times staff reporters

The area around Third Avenue and Pine Street has long been one of the grittiest in downtown Seattle, a grim reputation underscored Wednesday when gunfire erupted during the evening commute, leaving a woman dead and seven others injured, including a 9-year-old boy, and a suspect or suspects still at large.

It was the third shooting in the downtown area in a little more than 24 hours, including an incident earlier Wednesday afternoon where police shot and wounded a man who was reported to have had a gun. On Tuesday, a 55-year-old man was found dying from a gunshot wound in a stairwell at Westlake Center, less than a block away from Wednesday’s mayhem.

The shooting Wednesday occurred around 5 p.m. outside the McDonald’s on the southeast corner of the intersection, just as hundreds of commuters crowded into one of the busiest transit corridors in the country. Witnesses reported a volley of gunfire and a surge of panicked people running for cover.

Douglas Converse was standing right outside Westlake Station when he heard the gunfire. Converse, 60, said he saw two people collapse near Pine and Third.
“I saw a couple of bodies go down,” Converse said. “I saw everybody go running, and I wanted to see if I could be any help.”

Police Chief Carmen Best, who responded to the scene, said the shooting happened after a dispute outside the McDonald’s. Police believe there were multiple shooters, but they don’t know how many, and it wasn’t clear Wednesday whether any of the injured had been among the shooters or part of the argument.

“Everything is possible at this point,” Best said during a news conference Wednesday night.

Police had not announced any arrests. Detectives were interviewing witnesses and gathering video from business surveillance cameras for review, Best said.

“There were a lot of people outside, guns came out, and people started running,” Best said.

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According to Seattle Fire and Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman at Harborview Medical Center, a woman in her 50s was in critical condition and a 9-year-old boy had been upgraded from serious condition to satisfactory. A 32-year-old man also was at the hospital in satisfactory condition, while four men, ages 21, 34, 35 and 49, had been treated and released by Wednesday evening. The victims were suffering from gunshot wounds to the legs, chest, buttocks and abdomen.

The woman who died at the scene was in her 40s, according to fire department spokesman David Cuerpo. A body under a sheet was visible on the sidewalk outside the McDonald’s.

Officers responding to the shooting scene found the victims in about a one-block radius, Best said.


Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins describe the scene where one person was killed and several people were wounded in a shooting near 3rd Avenue and Pine Street downtown. (Elise Takahama / The Seattle Times)

Tyler Parsons, 25, was working the register at Victrola Coffee Roasters at Pine and Third on Wednesday evening when the shooting occurred. He said he heard no shots — they play music loud in the store, Parsons said — but customers started dropping to the ground.

He said people were running behind the register, taking cover. Parsons said he hustled five or six customers inside a back storage area along with a coworker.
He waited a couple of minutes before walking back out. Victrola is inside a larger retail and office space; Parsons went into the building lobby, he said, and saw two victims: one outside, lying in front of the building, visibly injured but alive and moving. The second victim was inside the lobby, up against the security desk, with an apparent gunshot wound to the leg. He muttered, “I think I got shot, I think I got shot,” Parsons said.
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Police taped off the entire block, including the coffee shop.
“We’re just kind of hanging out here,” said a shaken-sounding Parsons, while he was waiting until he and others still in the building could leave. The shooting was “just kind of terrifying. Terrifying it’s so close.”
“We’re just trying to figure out how to get out of here safe,” Parsons said.
Alex Bennett, a former nurse who lives above the McDonald’s at Third and Pine, was getting coffee at Victrola when she heard a volley of gunfire.

“Everyone in the coffee shop went down on the ground, hiding behind tables,” she said. “The security guard locked the door.”
Out on the street, she described chaos as people getting off buses were met by people running from the scene of the shooting. She also saw people who’d collapsed on the sidewalk, including one man in his 30s who had been shot in the leg outside the coffee shop.
Bennett helped a security guard who was putting pressure on the man’s wound.


“He was freaking out and kept saying, ‘I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die,’” she said.

Bennett reassured the man he’d be OK and kept him calm until police and medics arrived. At the man’s request, Bennett texted his wife to tell her what had happened. She said she got a message back, that the wife was in San Diego but was heading to the airport to get a flight back to Seattle.

Within a couple minutes of the gunfire, Bennett said she saw an officer running toward the shooting with an assault-style rifle. Another shooting victim made it into the coffee shop and was helped by people inside, she said.

Samantha Cook, 40, of Edmonds, said she was refilling her Orca card in Westlake Station when she heard the shots.

“I was on the first set of escalators,” Cook said. “There were a lot of gunshots that started going off — maybe 10 or 11. It was just rapid fire.”
The scene was chaotic, she said.

“Everyone started flooding the [light-rail] tunnels,” she said.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins give an update into a downtown shooting in which one person was killed and several people were wounded near 3rd Avenue and Pine Street downtown. (Elise Takahama / The Seattle Times)

The police response to both downtown shootings Wednesday snarled a major commute corridor for public transit. Westlake Station was evacuated after the shooting, at the request of law enforcement, but full light-rail service resumed later. King County Metro Transit buses in the area were being rerouted and were far behind schedule.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement saying he joined Best and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan in urging anyone with information about the shooting to call the tip line at 206-233-5000.

“I am horrified and dismayed to hear about the shooting in Seattle tonight,” he said. “We grieve for the one individual confirmed dead in the shooting, and wish a full and speedy recovery to those who were injured.”
In a statement, the Downtown Seattle Association called on public officials “to devote the resources necessary to improve safety in downtown and take back Third Avenue from the criminals who have laid claim to it.”

“The heart of our city should feel safe and welcoming for all who live, work and visit here,” the statement said. “On behalf of residents, small business owners, employers and visitors, we say enough is enough.”

Wednesday’s shooting happened near another shooting that occurred Nov. 9, 2016, when five people were wounded outside a 7-Eleven on Third between Pike and Pine. Witnesses said some people were arguing when the gunman began to walk away, and then turned around and fired into the crowd. Downtown had additional police presence because of an anti-Trump rally that started at Westlake Center earlier in the evening. Police said the shooting was not related to the protest.

Seattle Times staffers Mike Lindblom and Vianna Davila contributed to this report.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @SJGTimes.
Elise Takahama: 206-464-3227 or etakahama@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @elisetakahama.
Mike Carter: 206-464-3706 or mcarter@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @stimesmcarter.

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other event at same area...

Man injured in officer-involved shooting in Belltown during narcotics operation
Jan. 22, 2020 at 3:09 pm Updated Jan. 22, 2020 at 10:07 pm

Det. Patrick Michaud of the Seattle Police Department describes an officer-involved shooting that left one person injured in Belltown on Jan. 22, 2020.

By
Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times staff reporter

A 25-year-old man was injured in an officer-involved shooting in Belltown on Wednesday afternoon during a narcotics operation, according to Seattle police.

The man was shot by Seattle police and the King County Sheriff’s Office near Third Avenue and Blanchard Street, after police said they attempted to arrest him, approached the vehicle he was in and saw a gun.
The suspect was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

“No officers or deputies were injured during this encounter,” the Seattle Police Department tweeted.

Police spokesperson Detective Patrick Michaud said in a news conference that the suspect who was shot rammed a patrol car. Four officers fired their weapons, two were Seattle police, and two were deputies with the Sheriff’s Office, after approaching the vehicle, he said.

Michaud said the officers fired after they saw a firearm.

Third Avenue was blocked to traffic between Lenora Street and Bell Street, and Blanchard was blocked between Second and Third avenues.
 

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CRIME

Search for 2 suspects in deadly Seattle shooting, 3rd suspect arrested

Seattle police are looking for two suspects connected to a deadly shooting in downtown. A third suspect who was shot was arrested.

Author: KING 5 Staff
Published: 8:42 AM PST January 23, 2020
Updated: 6:19 PM PST January 23, 2020

SEATTLE — Police identified two suspects believed to be connected to a deadly shooting in downtown Seattle on Wednesday evening. A third suspect who was shot and treated at Harborview Medical Center was later arrested.
Police are looking for Marquise Latrelle Tolbert and William Ray Tolliver. Both men are 24 years old and are considered armed and dangerous, according to police.


Tolbert is 6'1" tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds, police said. Tolliver is 6' tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said the two at large suspects have a history with law enforcement.

According to court records, Tolliver has been arrested 44 times, convicted of one felony, 18 gross misdemeanors, and one misdemeanor. Records show Tolbert has been arrested 21 times, convicted of three felonies, and 12 gross misdemeanors.

The third suspect, who is in custody, was identified in court documents Thursday as 21-year-old Jamel Jackson. He is a known gang member, according to Chief Best, and a convicted felon. After being treated at the hospital, he was booked into jail for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Chief Best spoke at a press conference Thursday reassuring the public that while this shooting is alarming, Seattle as a whole is safe.

"Seattle is one of the safest major cities in the country," said Chief Best. "Major cities everywhere are dealing with issues of gang and gun violence, we are not immune to that. But in comparison, we are a very safe city on this very issue."


“As a police department and as a community we must work together to not allow something like this to ever, ever happen again,” she said.


Chief Best said people downtown can expect to see extra patrols in the area as well as a mobile precinct set up near Westlake Center.


Wednesday's shooting occurred around 5 p.m. near 3rd Avenue and Pine Street. One woman was killed and seven others were injured, including a 9-year-old boy.

The violence appears to have stemmed from a fight along the busy corridor near Westlake Park. Chief Best said the three suspects were involved in an argument in front of the McDonald's and started shooting at each other.

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One woman died at the scene and seven others were treated at Harborview Medical Center.

The woman who died and another who was shot were tenants at Plymouth Housing, a non-profit that helps people experiencing homelessness improve their lives.

"As part of our permanent supportive housing model, our buildings become close-knit communities; these women were like family to many. Our hearts go out to the families, friends, and neighbors of all the victims," a spokesperson for Plymouth Housing said in a statement.

As of Thursday evening, a 9-year-old boy was listed in satisfactory condition, a 32-year-old man was in satisfactory condition, and a 55-year-old woman was in serious condition at the hospital. Four men ages 34, 35, 49 and the 21-year-old suspect were treated and released, according to hospital officials.

Two Amazon employees were also injured in the shooting and treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to an Amazon spokesperson. Both employees were outside the Amazon building on 3rd Avenue and Pine Street at the time of the shooting.

Amazon said it will be increasing security in and around the office building to ensure employees remain safe.

Chief Best said the public can expect to see police officers near 3rd Avenue and Pine Street until further notice.

Seattle police ask if you have any information about the suspects, photos, or video evidence of the shooting to call their tip line at (206) 233-5000 or share at this link.

 

Dodger12

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According to court records, Tolliver has been arrested 44 times, convicted of one felony, 18 gross misdemeanors, and one misdemeanor. Records show Tolbert has been arrested 21 times, convicted of three felonies, and 12 gross misdemeanors.

The third suspect, who is in custody, was identified in court documents Thursday as 21-year-old Jamel Jackson. He is a known gang member, according to Chief Best, and a convicted felon. After being treated at the hospital, he was booked into jail for unlawful possession of a firearm.
If only there were tougher gun laws, these fine, upstanding citizens would have never gotten a hold of a firearm.
 

internetking

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Absolutely. The fact that these guys with their criminal histories were able to legally obtain firearms is unacceptable...!!!
I agree ... I am tired of those violent events like this I always wait for buses in this area because I take city bus from work to home.
 

Doomsday

High Plains Drifter
yeah I agree need gun control in WA
These guys are taking advantage of your inability to detect sarcasm.

You have tons of firearms laws in WA state, all of which these shooters simply ignored. They did NOT obtain the firearms legally. Convicted felons CANNOT legally obtain firearms, this is federal law, it is in effect everywhere in the country.

Because laws only affect law abiding people, they have no effect whatsoever on criminals. Let that soak in for a second.

I'm going to type the next part really slowly so that all readers can comprehend it.

GUN LAWS DON'T STOP CRIMINALS FROM OBTAINING OR USING GUNS. THEY ONLY INFRINGE ON THE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WHO WANT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS.

And every idiot politician and reporter who uses tragedies like this to further the political agenda of disarming the populace, knows the above. They intentionally use tragedy to politicize the issue. Think about that - it's clear they WANT these shootings to continue. It's the only way they can get idiots to vote away their constitutional rights.

And, that's the memo.
 

Dodger12

Super Moderator
"Catalyst for change". What does that mean exactly? These left wing jackoffs have no clue. What change would have prevented this lady's death? Most leftists would say ban weapons but I'd say keep some scumbag with 40 pus arrests behind bars and away from civilized society. And while his arrests seem like half are misdemeanors, I'd bet they were more serious crimes/charges that were plead down by liberal DA's, prosecutors and defense attorneys.
 
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Dodger12

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Meanwhile, back on the campaign trail, you've got this Buttigieg character telling folks that making people work in prison is akin to slavery. Fucking dolt. His city is one of the most dangerous cities in America and the crime rates have gone up each year he's been mayor. Cities like Seattle and South Bend shouldn't be surprised at the violence. They excuse it and blame everyone and everything else but those most responsible for their actions.
 

yimyammer

Quality Starter
"Catalyst for change". What does that mean exactly? These left wing jackoffs have no clue. What change would have prevented this lady's death? Most leftists would say ban weapons but I'd say keep some scumbag with 40 pus arrests behind bars and away from civilized society. And while his arrests seem like half are misdemeanors, I'd bet they were more serious crimes/charges that were plead down by liberal DA's, prosecutors and defense attorneys.
where's your compassion man?
 

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