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‘This area is bad’: Neighbors fed up with shootings in Little Brook area of Lake City

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SEATTLE -- Seattle police SWAT teams converged on a Lake City apartment complex Friday for what they called a possible hostage situation. It happened in the Little Brook area near 145TH.

Neighbors say it started with an argument that led to a shooting.

“I heard a group of shots,” Carmelo Gonzalez said. “The guy that got shot was just walking back and forth. It must have been the adrenaline that kept him going. His leg was saturated in blood.”

According to investigators, during the shooting, a woman was grabbed and brought back into apartment by a possible suspect.

“That’s why there’s this large response out here now,” said Seattle police detective Patrick Michaud, while several SWAT members surrounded the building.

The victim who was shot in the leg was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Eventually, all of the suspects inside the apartment  surrendered.

As police try to piece it all together, people who live on that stretch of 32nd Avenue say they’re fed up.

“I’m concerned about this area because I’ve got a grandson and he plays out here,” said Diane Nelson. “This area is bad. It’s real bad.”

Another young man in the neighborhood died of a gunshot wound Sunday. Neighbors say gunfire is now common in the area, with lots of close calls and buildings being struck by bullets.

“It’s not worth it,” said Gonzalez. “It’s a form of stupidity.”

Police say it’s too early to say if the two shootings in the past week are related.

But Gonzalez has seen enough. He’s breaking his lease and plans on moving.

“There’s certain rights we reserve, and I reserve the right to rest my head somewhere safe.”

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10 comments

  • Jake1012

    I dated someone about 8 years ago that lived right off 145th and a block west of Lake City Way, in a nicer new apartment building. I remember staying the night and thought holy crap this is the worst place I have ever been. All night long people yelling, fighting and cars screeching. I am from Tacoma and there is nothing like that down here.

    • dg54321

      Exactly. I’ve been around at nighttime in Hilltop and other “bad areas” of Tacoma, and they don’t hold a candle to Lake City. Seattle is a cesspool and the anti-self defense rhetoric of the leadership in that city only makes it worse.

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  • Laszlo Toth, Jr.

    You know how something gets on the news?

    It’s unusual, and it’s rare.

    For example, this shooting. Here’s Trulia’s crime map for the city:

    http://www.trulia.com/local/seattle-wa/tiles:1%7Cpoints:1_crime

    The “hot spots” are downtown, and the U District. Anyone who follows crime data in Seattle knows this has been true for decades.

    And that’s even before we compare Seattle to just about any other large city in the United States. Seattle is probably the most calm and tranquil city of its size in the country. Again, has been for decades.

  • Derek

    I just googled census of that area.
    87% black.
    Must be racism why majority black areas have violence. White people are not hiring black people in good jobs. If black people had good jobs they could live in safe white neighborhoods.

  • Seattle Jim

    Collapse of the family, severe decline in moral decency, it all coalesces to form bad areas and negative environments. Look at all the violence in Chicago or other major cities, especially the minority neighborhoods where the vibrant family unit died a long time ago.