Skip to comments.1 fatally shot, 1 wounded in mall in Wash.
Posted on 11/22/2008 8:43:45 PM PST by skully
TUKWILA, Wash. The Southcenter Mall in Tukwila was locked down Saturday night as police went store to store in an effort to find a young man who shot two other young men, one of them fatally, inside the mall.
Police spokesman Mike Murphy, an officer, told The Associated Press there were "thousands" of shoppers at the mall when the shooting took place just before 3:45 p.m.
The shooting victims were taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, where one of them died. Murphy said he did not know the condition of the other victim.
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I bet their democrat idiot masters have those stupid "Gun Free Zone" signs in place, as well.
Is it just me or did the reporter go out of their way not to report the physical description of the perp other than “young” and “late teens or early 20s”?
I would run even if carrying. If cornered that’s a different story.
“Is it just me or did the reporter go out of their way not to report the physical description of the perp other than young and late teens or early 20s?”
We get a lot of that, here. A major crime ring of Somalis attacking women on and around the U of MN campus was busted.
As soon as the local media discovered that the perps were Somali...they stopped reporting on the story and pulled all mushots and news videos.....
Get used to it.
Earlier report said the suspect was African American...or black....
“I would run even if carrying.”
Running is a bad reaction. You attract attention and present an inviting target. You are much better off to just drop to the ground, immediately, completely flat and motionless.
Or that he doesn't look like the people on US bank notes!
On a minimally related note, back in the summer of '05 when Paris yutes were setting fires around town to protest the deaths of 3 of their friends chased by cops, a cnn anchorette said the yutes were...African-Americans!
If you want to go that route they should've been labeled African-Frenchmen. The absurdity of that ethno-designation then comes into focus.
Both are blacks. One was sixteen and had just got out of jail last week. The other was supposed to appear in court this coming week.
I suppose it's just the fraidy cat in me, but I think if I lived in that area that I would definitely try to steer clear of this mall.
Washington is one of the original “shall issue” states. The county sheriff or city police chief shall issue a concealed pistol license to any applicant, age 21 or older, who meets certain requirements, including no felony convictions, no misdemeanor domestic violence convictions, and no outstanding warrants. A concealed pistol license is not required to carry a concealed pistol if the person carrying the firearm is in route to, in route from, or actively participating in a “legitimate outdoor activity”. Open carrying of firearms is not prohibited by law although trouble with some law enforcement agencies has been encountered while open carrying in the past, most notably in a case in Ellensburg, Washington.
Currently, there is a growing movement towards open carry in Washington. In Washington, there was a tremendous amount of disinformation among law enforcement officers, gun store employees, and firearms instructors about RCW 9.41.270.
In December 2005, activists Lonnie Wilson and Jim March went to the state archives in Olympia to research the origins of the law. March, with his experience in researching gun control laws created out of racial discrimination and strife in California, surmised during a conversation between himself and Wilson that due to year it was passed, it was likely due to “Panther paranoia”. March was proven correct.
The law, passed in 1969, was passed in response to incidents involving the Seattle Chapter of Black Panther Party at Rainier Beach High School and the Protest of the Mulford Act by the main organization in the California Assembly.
Due to the fact that Washington State Constitution has an individual right to keep and bear arms provision (Article 1, Section 24), the Washington Legislature revised the bill that was debated to remove the “within 500 feet [152 m] of a public place” provisions and left the current statute as is. There were points of debate about whether this could be interpreted as an open carry ban, to which the sponsors of the bill replied that it was a ban against the type of intimidation that the Black Panther Party engaged in at Rainier Beach and the California Assembly, not an open carry ban.
Many law enforcement, a generation removed from the events and discussions of the Legislature when the law was created, and without much guidance interpreted the law passed as an open carry ban that is situational to someone making a 911 phone call. This interpretation spread to gun store employees and firearms instructors, who have a lot of personal interaction with law enforcement.
Using the information from the state archives, Wilson pursued the issuance of guidance and memorandums to individual officers by police administrators. After one of these bulletins was issued by one department, Wilson acquired the bulletin by a public records request, used the training bulletin as a template and approached most police departments throughout the state. To this day, over a dozen major departments, including the King County Sheriff’s Department and the Seattle Police Department, have issued advisories and roll call training to their officers that peaceable open carry of a handgun in a holster is legal.
As a general rule, a person may legally open carry in Washington State in any place it is legal to possess a loaded handgun. To open carry in a vehicle (i.e., car, bus, etc...) a person must have a valid concealed pistol license. Some police agencies can be unfriendly towards open carry, so it is important that before a person exercises their right to bear arms in this fashion they acquaint themselves with relevant laws.
Prohibited areas for firearms are contained in RCW 9.41.300, RCW 9.41.280, and RCW 70.108.150.
Per RCW 9.41.290 (state preemption of firearm laws), divisions of local government (city, county, town, or other municipality) cannot regulate firearms more restrictively than the state does. Exceptions to state preemption that is, areas in which local governments are allowed to regulate firearms are contained in RCW 9.41.300. These exceptions include:
“Restricting the discharge of firearms in any portion of their respective jurisdictions where there is a reasonable likelihood that humans, domestic animals, or property will be jeopardized. Such laws and ordinances shall not abridge the right of the individual guaranteed by Article I, section 24 of the state Constitution to bear arms in defense of self or others.”
“Restricting the possession of firearms in any stadium or convention center, operated by a city, town, county, except that such restrictions shall not apply to [concealed pistol license holders, law enforcement officers, or any] showing, demonstration, or lecture involving the exhibition of firearms.”
“Restricting the areas in their respective jurisdictions in which firearms may be sold.”
Several localities (including transit agencies) who had wrongfully enforced preempted local ordinances and rules have been challenged by activists in the open carry movement (who are most directly affected by the enforcement of such ordinances) and have since backed down from enforcement and directed their police departments to no longer enforce the ordinances and rules.
Washington allows ownership of a firearm silencer, but using one is prohibited by RCW 9.41.250(3) which makes it a gross misdemeanor to “Use[s] any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any firearm.”
Washington is a “Stand Your Ground” state, in which there is no duty to retreat in the face of what would be perceived by an ordinary person to be a threat to themselves or others by another person that is likely to cause serious injury or death.
It is a Class C felony for a non-citizen to possess a firearm in Washington without an Alien Firearm License. Washington is not currently issuing Alien Firearm Licenses.
It is a gross misdemeanor to aim a firearm “whether loaded or not, at or towards any human being”.
Washington State accepts the concealed weapons permits from the following states: Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Utah.
We need mall control.