Saturday, March 25, 2006

Wow! There are not words....

I woke up to find this information in the news this morning. So far from what friends have told me this happned about 6 blocks up the street from me. God I hope I don't know any of these people. My heart goes out to their families.

From Seattle PI:
Saturday, March 25, 2006 · Last updated 10:07 a.m. PT
Seven people dead in Seattle shooting

SEATTLE -- Six young people were shot death early Saturday in a home and the alleged gunman committed suicide when confronted by police outside, authorities said.

Three other victims were taken from the Capitol Hill neighborhood east of downtown to a Seattle hospital for treatment, said police spokesman Rich Pruitt. Two of the three injured have critical injuries, he said.

"It's one of the largest crime scenes the city has ever had," said Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske.

He said an officer in the neighborhood heard shots fired at just after 7 a.m. When Officer Steve Leonard arrived on the scene he found one person staggering out of the house with a gunshot wound.

The officer confronted another man with a shot gun, told him several times to put the weapon down, and then the man turned the shotgun on himself and fired a fatal shot, Kerlikowske said.

Police believe the shooting happened at a party in a rental home and the dead are all in their early 20s. They do not believe the gunman lives in the area.
Saturday, March 25, 2006 · Last updated 10:07 a.m. PT


Deb Hardman said...

Good Lord! What is it? Has the world gone mad!? Have you seen my blog for today? The night at the hospital last night was the night from HELL! I wonder if there is some weird alignment of planets or something. Everytime I try to talk about it I choke up & cry. 3 hours sleep isn't enough.

I love you. take care. Mom

Earl said...

I read about it this morning at and thought about you and wondered if it was close to where you guys live. I'm glad you're okay.

Deb Hardman said...

Oh, BTW, your old King's Court apartment building burned last night too. No body hurt, but the top floor is pretty well a total loss, 50 people homeless.

Shawn Anderson said...

What a truly tragic story...

Oddly enough, yesterday Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske was honored by Washington CeaseFire, for efforts to end gun violence in Washington state. Add to that the rave that everyone attended prior to this after-party at the crime scene was called "Better Off Undead," and there's some creepy irony going on.

One of my biggest fears is the repercussions surrounding this will lead to tighter laws against youth in this city, as Seattle has such a reactionary 'babysitting' approach to these problems.

Glad your ok. A tough day to be a parent in Seattle...


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