Mayor McGinn orders extra patrols in wake of violence

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Mayor orders extra patrolsSEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn called for an increased police presence in South Seattle following a shooting outside a Rainier Valley grocery store Friday.

The shooting happened Friday evening outside the Safeway on Rainier Avenue. Police said two men began arguing in the parking lot after one of them looked at the other the wrong way.

Detectives said the victim was shot in the chest. Police have yet to release his name, but said he was in his mid-twenties.

Officers don’t believe the shooting was gang related.

Neighbors said the violence is all too common, and that many arguments in the South Seattle neighborhood end in gunshots.

There have been three shootings on Rainier Avenue South in the past year. A person was killed at a Subway restaurant in January of 2012, another person was killed at a Jack in the Box in May.  Both shootings happened within a block of where shots were fired on Friday.

South Seattle Crime Prevention Council President Pat Murakami said crime continues to plague this neighborhood.

“I may very well move,” Murakami said.  “I mean, I feel many times, and I think my fellow members of the crime prevention council feel, like we’re just beating our heads against a wall. It’s very discouraging.”

In response to the shooting, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn ordered a larger police presence in the area.

“Sometimes there’s retaliation so we want to have a little bit more emphasis patrol down there,” McGinn said.  “We also have our youth violence prevention street teams out there as well.”

Murakami said the mayor’s response is too little too late.

“Why don’t you offer to pour water on my head while it’s raining? It’s not going to make any difference. We need sustained patrols,” she said.

People want the violence to stop.

“It’s a tragedy, kids shooting other kids, and it’s just getting worse and worse,” one Rainier Valley resident said.

A mother walking to Safeway told Q13 Fox, “I want to feel safe around here. Being able to walk with my kids making sure they’re ok without gun violence.”

According to Mayor McGinn, real change will take a group effort.

“Overall, violent crime is down over the last three years, as are property crimes,” McGinn said. “We’ve got more work to do. We need a partnership with the community to do that.”

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2 comments

  • Terry

    You can't have sustained patrols, SPD needs their troops to catch dangerous jaywalkers downtown. You don't want people crossing against the light do you?

  • NAVYTOWN

    Why not put the blame squarely on those doing the shooting? More police won't stop every crime from being committed. The residents in the neighborhood need to ask why their fellow residents resort to using guns to settle arguments. That will get to the root of the violence problem.