Man Shot To Death In Front Of Seattle Memorial Where Fatal Shooting
Occurred Just Days Ago
July 15, 2017
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- Seattle Police detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a man Friday night near the Rainier Playfield in the Columbia City neighborhood.
Columbia City is a neighborhood in the Rainier Valley area of southeast Seattle that is a historic district and one known as one of the most diverse "urban villages" in America.
Police say the shooting victim, a man in his early 20’s, was standing with a group of people near 37th Avenue South & South Oregon Street just before 7:00 pm.
They were all standing in front of a memorial that had been placed there following a fatal shooting that occurred Sunday evening.
"According to witnesses, a dark colored sedan, and possibly a second car, drove by the group. A person inside one of those cars fired several shots at the group, striking the victim several times," said an SPD statement.
The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center but he died from his injuries.
Patrol officers and detectives from the Homicide, Gangs, and CSI Units all responded to process the scene and interview witnesses. This remains an active investigation and anyone with information on this shooting is urged to contact the Seattle Police Department Homicide Unit at (206) 684-5550.
Columbia City no stranger to shootings
Just a little over a year ago, in May 2016 a shooting injured two people in the Columbia City neighborhood.
It happened on a Saturday afternoon May 7th. Just after 3 pm officers began receiving calls of shots fired at 37th Avenue South and South Genesee Street.
When officers arrived they found two people in their 20’s suffering from gunshot wounds, according to a police statement.
Seattle Fire Department Medics treated the two victims who were later transported to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment.
"Witnesses described a possible suspect vehicle as a black sedan occupied by multiple black males," according to the SPD statement at the time.
And in early December of 2015 a 24-year-old man was being sought by Seattle police in connection with the fatal shooting a young woman on a Sunday, also in the Columbia City neighborhood.
Officers responded to the 3500 block of South Brandon Street around 3:15 pm Sunday December 6th after a woman called and reported a shooting.
The victim died a short time later at the scene, according to a police statement.