Monday, October 13, 2014

GUNFIGHT RIGHT OUTSIDE RONBO'S APARTMENT BUILDING



Gunfire erupted right across the street from my apartment building in Seattle early Saturday morning while I was asleep. Did I tell you folks, I’ve been known to sleep through hurricanes and earthquakes? :mrgreen: I got up about 6 a.m. and asked a neighbor why First Avenue was blocked off by the police. He told me pretty much the same story as below in the Seattle P.I.

Seattle police investigating shooting that left a 20-year-old man dead early Saturday morning in Belltown.

Officers were patrolling in Belltown during last call in the crowded bar district when shots rang out about 1:45 a.m. from the area of First Avenue and Blanchard Street.

Police arrived in 10 to 15 seconds, reports say, but immediately found one man dead of a gunshot wound in the parking lot between Cellars Grill and Lounge and the Army and Navy Surplus shop. His body remained at the scene for investigation.

The victim was armed with a gun and police believe he and another shooter exchanged fire, Seattle police spokesman Drew Fowler said at the scene. Detectives found spent shells from two different handguns at the scene. The other shooter had left the scene and evaded police.

Two other victims, who were male bystanders ages 19 and 32, were injured by the gunfire. Medics took them to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. One of the victims was hit across the street from the shooting, while the other was in the parking lot where the shooting occurred, Fowler said.

Yet another person believed to be a friend of the deceased ran toward the scene brandishing a semi-automatic handgun, reportedly seeking revenge. Police arrested him for investigation of possessing a stolen firearm, Fowler said. That man, 21, is not believed to be the shooter who killed the victim.

The investigation closed off several blocks of First Avenue between Bell and Lenora streets.
A man called Lynnwood police shortly before noon Saturday to speak with investigators about the shooting.

Seattle homicide detectives took the man to Seattle police headquarters to question him about the incident.

As a result, investigators believe they have identified the parties involved in the shooting, but haven’t released any details.

Early Saturday morning, Alex Meyer, who lives blocks from the shooting, stopped by to check out the scene from behind the yellow tape.

He was talking with his sister and girlfriend at his home early Saturday morning when they heard what sounded like four shots.

They couldn’t believe their ears at first, but then heard the onslaught of emergency responders sounding their sirens in the neighborhood.

“With all the sirens we realized it’s gotta be a shooting,” Meyer said.

“I’ve never seen so much of a big (emergency) response for just one thing,” he added.

Fowler said the shooting created panic in the typically buzzing nightlife neighborhood.

“We know that this is a public safety challenge at times with large crowds and intoxicated people,” he said.

Homicide and crime scene detectives continue to investigate the case and talk to witnesses.

….very mysterious – The Seattle Times didn’t cover the story and no word yet concerning the identity of the dead man, or his race.

Something happening here…what it is ain’t exactly clear.
THE MOST DANGEROUS STREET IN THE NORTHWEST

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