SEATTLE – In the past three days, there have been four shootings in Seattle, all near the city’s downtown neighborhoods.
On Friday, Seattle police said a suspect shot an employee during a robbery at Key Bank in the SODO district. It happened around 1 p.m. on the 1900 block of 1st Avenue South.
First responders took the 34-year-old victim to the hospital. Police say the victim is in stable condition.
However, the suspect fled.
“It’s quite surprising. They [police] I don’t have any pictures of the person or anything for me to alert my staff, like, to keep an eye out, to help out in some way. And knowing they’re out there is kind of scary,” Ashlee Nolan said.
Nolan is the director of operations of Paseo, a restaurant a few meters from the shooting. She says driving to work and seeing police activity is scary, but not surprising.
The crime rate in Seattle continues to rise. Statistics show that 2021 has seen a 40% increase in shootings. City officials say it’s at an all-time high.
This week has been particularly violent. Seattle had four shootings in three days.
The most recent incident is the bank robbery this Friday.
The other shootings took place on Wednesday in Pioneer Square around 1:30 p.m., then there were two separate shootings in the International District on Thursday. The first happened around 1:30 a.m. and the second around 6:30 p.m.
In total, since February 4, there have been seven shootings in the city. One of them was fatal.
FOX 13 News has reached out to Seattle’s new mayor, Bruce Harrell, about this criminal trend. His office provided a statement that reads in part:
“One of Mayor Harrell’s first hires was a gun violence prevention liaison. Together, they work directly with those affected by community solutions, working to prevent gun violence before it happens. begins. He continues to advocate for improved staffing at the SPD that allows for rapid responses in emergencies and thorough investigations in cases of gun violence. Finally, he supports pilot programs for new technologies and pushes for coordination regional and additional legislative change in Olympia that allows the city to pursue innovative new laws to address this crisis.
For people working in these crime-ridden areas, like Nolan, she thinks it will take the whole community to solve this problem.
“The person in charge doesn’t make all the decisions. They don’t make all the plans. They don’t do all the foresight. It takes a whole team to do that,” she said.
The suspect in this bank robbery is still at large and is believed to be armed and dangerous. Police gave no details of the suspect. They ask anyone with information to call 911.
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