Skip to comments.Drive-by gunfire hits Rainier Avenue South business block [Seattle - TWICE]
Posted on 05/16/2014 10:58:05 PM PDT by steve86
A gunman fired more than 50 times early Friday morning in a Rainier Beach neighborhood. Font
Police say gunmen with a high-powered rifle and two pistols sprayed more than 50 rounds in a Rainier Beach neighborhood late Thursday night.
No one was injured, but five businesses, and five vehicles were hit. Reports of the shooting came in after 11 p.m. Thursday.
That shooting came just days after police investigated a similar shooting just a block away. Like Thursday night's shooting, two pistols and a high-powered rifle were used. Up to 60 shots may have been fired.
Police said patrols are being bolstered in that area and other neighborhoods where gun violence has occurred and that SWAT teams are being included in the patrols.
Broken glass littered the street in the 9400 block of Rainier Avenue South after Thursday night's shooting. The site of the shooting is south of Rainier Beach High School.
Police say officers found bullet casings in the streent from the 9300 to the 9500 block of Rainier Avenue South. Police say 39 rifle casings and 14 pistol casings were found.
The shooting is similar to one Monday night in which up to 60 rounds from a high-powered rifle and two pistols were fired near some apartments in the 9200 block of 56th Avenue South.
That shooting also took place after 11 p.m. No one was hurt, and police didn't find any damage.
Earlier this week a woman with a baby in her arms was hit by shrapnel during a gun battled in Othello Park. Police also are investigatng recent shootings in the Central District that left three men dead.
"As police work to determine any connection between these recent incidents SPD is using all available resources to investigate these cases and prevent further bouts of gun violence," police said in a statement. "Detectives from the homicide/assault and gang units are working these cases, and the department has assigned SWAT and other department resources to bolster visible patrols in areas effected by this sudden violence."
Police say they are develping leads in these cases but still need the public's help. People with informaiton can call thee Seattle Police Department's violent crimes tip line at 206- 233-5000.
Gunmen spray Rainier Beach neighborhood with bullets
Referred to by liberal reporters as “Gun Violence”, not Gang violence, which it is. And “Young People”, not gang bangers.
And in that part of Seattle it’s going to be Amish every time.
Now that Seattle has a homosexual mayor and communist city council chick everything else is falling into place.
Amazingly, all those typos are in the print version of the article.
Also, Seattle police have pretty much stopped making arrests for minor crimes — misdemeanor arrests way down. Typical of a liberal city.
Obviously law abiding citizens need to be disarmed.
Sounds like someone both rich and extravagant.
Ammo is just too darned expensive these days for us middle class guys to waste it in such a fashion.
That will unfortunately be the tired media talking point.
This sort of thing ebbs and flows in Seattle. They will have a bad spell, mostly downtown or in certain parts of the south end, like Rainier, then things will be better for a year or several. I’ve lived out here for 22 years and seen several cycles.
One thing that doesn’t serve the people in these areas is the attitude a lot of them have toward the police. I know SPD has gotten a bad reputation lately, but I really think its largely undeserved.
Also they don’t believe in curfews for youths because they think they discriminate against minorities. Even impounding cars for accumulated tickets is discriminatory, a cording to some. I’m a believer in the Rudy Guiliani broken windows thing, but Seattle people make no connection between little stuff and the general attitude of lawlessness. In Everett they seem to understand it better. That doesn’t mean they have a better handle on it, but they at least understand.
I think it may be a long, hot summer in Seattle. I hope I don’t have to move back there.
Never your most terrific neighborhood. But this is ridiculous.
The Justice Department has sanctioned SPD after a number of incidents involving alleged racism and alleged unnecessary violence by SPD.
The former Chief was fired by the current gay mayor.
I believe the mayor has sole authority to hire the New Chief.
Over the last year, arrests for all reasons are down, and arrests for petty crime and disorderly conduct have dropped dramatically, as police officers disengage as much as possible to protect themselves from indictments and job related penalties.
According to NBC News that's called “De-Policing.”
The candidates for new Chief are exactly what you would think - mostly women and minorities.
The one white male candidate wandered around the Downtown streets for several hours after his interview.
He spoke candidly to the press, and expressed his shock at the amount of crime he witnessed.
Among other things, he witnessed sidewalk drug transactions that were clearly gang related.
I will guess the white male has NO chance of getting the Chief's job.
Please, God, don't let this criminal sh** storm cross Lake Washington and take root on the Eastside, where I live.
How strict are Washington state laws regarding this kind of weapon and large capacity magazines?
Thankfully, and amazingly, Washington State has pretty good gun laws. Nothing beyond the federal regulations in regards to magazine and “assault” weapons, a shall issue concealed carry policy and for the most part, the right to self defense is respected. This is only cities and counties are forbidden to enact laws that are more restrictive than state laws in regards to firearms.
It won’t last, but while it does, it has helped tremendously in keeping the peace, or at least localizing this sort of thing to “bad” areas.
What kind of reporting is this? More than 50 rounds are fired on a city street, on two separate occasions. Many cars and businesses are hit. And no one has any ideas as to why?
I can imagine the police not saying anything. But I’d think any reporter would be curious as to why, and dig at least a little bit.
Oh, I forgot. This is 2014 America. Better not dig. You might find something that’s not PC. Perhaps schools of journalism should just stop teaching all 5 W’s. Keep three (what, where, when) but drop two (who and why).
Can’t be law abiding citizens! The politicians made sure to pass laws prohibiting them from having fire arms. Must be the gang bangers they support
We visited for the first/only time 5-6 years ago. Stayed near Pike Place Market at a Marriott on the water. We had a great time, but the number of street people / urban outdoorsmen was off-putting. They had just completely taken over a nice little pocket park very close to PPM. We were told not to walk the relatively short distance between a nice restaurant in Belltown and our hotel after dark, which we heeded given all the above.
More of Odumb’s son’s cutting up a little?
Looks like the author has lost their MSM dictionary. It's supposed to be "baby killing assault murder rifle".
That's definitely racist, right there.
At 9400 Rainier Ave. S. there is a KFC/Taco Hell and the Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant. But just to the north of there is an apartment complex that is occupied by many minorities and jihadis and hijabis.
I’m willing to bet the Asian restaurant was hit so they’ll be moving to Chinatown more than likely.
There are just a lot of small business between the 9300 and 9500 blocks of Rainier Ave. S. there are many small businesses and a few big ones.
Othello Park that is mentioned in the article is at the intersection of S. Othello Street and (you guessed it) Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
To: The inner cities of Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, etc.
Please get your act together. The violence and lawlessness is getting ridiculous.
The residents of Mogadishu
Hope they didn’t shoot up Duke’s Clam Chowder Emporium...
Actually, in that part of town, mostly white bums.
Today Rainier Beach has a population of 3,904 and is roughly 54% African American. It is now one of only two neighborhoods (the other being the southern end of the Central District) in the city where Blacks make up a majority. 
Scott needs to learn to proofread — unless “streents” and “develping” are just words I haven’t learned yet.
...two pistols and a high-powered rifle were used...
Okay, I bite. What caliber is this “high powered” rifle?
I know that park, Peter Steinbrueck, I think. It is a notorious area. And Belltown is also one of the more dangerous areas. It’s a night club and restaurant district, and people either prey on patrons, or the rougher clubs (in variably hip-hop, sorry if that’s racist) provide their own crime.
I don’t think that any of them are anywhere near there.
The John T. Williams affair messed them up good. I’m not justifying the Williams shooting, but it was terribly politicized and Williams turned into a martyr. I think that’s when Eric Holders Justice Dept. started looking into them. I knew nothing good good come of that.
De-policing is a taboo word. But I think it happens. I was suspicious when they were bragging that fewer arrests were made at the MayDay demonstrations this year than last. I wasn’t there, maybe fewer needed to arrested, but it makes you wonder.
I just looked, Victor Steinbrueck, who was (is?) an architect. Peter looks like he was a mayor or something. But close enough, you know the place for sure, nailed it from my perspective.
A rational city would not let street trash take over a park right next to a tourist destination like Pikes Place Market.
Yes that was gratifying when I came out here from Montana. Liberal as they are, Washingtonians value second amendment rights. There are some attitudes I don’t like though. Starbucks is a notorious example. People love gun buy backs. Some years ago when they replaced police weapons, they decided to destroy the old ones instead of selling them, which they probably would normally have done. I considered that wasteful.
We are not liberal at all across the mountains here in eastern WA State, as I'm sure you know, but we do value second amendment rights. The only liberals are those transplanted from the west side or from CA.
I don’t have figures, but from Ive observed Rainier has always been a mixed neighborhood with Blacks, Asians from all over, and new immigrants, right now from a lot of African countries like Somalia. Hispanics (sorry to use that term) favor other south end neighborhoods. The Central Area, near where I used to live, still has a lot of blacks, some recently from Africa, but Blacks live all over, especially once they can afford it. The Central Area is very historic, though. Most immigrant groups live in this neighborhood or others like it for awhile, then disperse naturally once they get more successful. Some Rainier and MLK Way businesses were displaced by light rail, I think.
From my casual observance, Indians and some other Asians go directly to the east side without stopping in Seattle. My guess is because a lot of them are employed in STEM jobs.
Yes, my mistake. Peter is the son, still alive and in politics.
I understand. I lived near E. Wash during my childhood and youth.
I just kept seeing Jim Mc Dermott elected over and over and now Patty Murray has been in for two decades. I also think that Ksharma Sawant may have mayoral aspirations. DeBlasio on the Pacific, I call it.
It’s quite possible I’ve taken my last trip to Seattle and it’s only 200 miles away. Basically same adverse attraction as San Francisco. Throw in Portland, too. Damn glad for bypass highways and rural routes.