SEATTLE — We’ve felt the uptick in gun violence, but now new numbers show the true severity of that surge. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s latest report on shootings in the county released on Thursday says 197 people have been shot so far this year – up 61% over the past four-year average.
“What we’re seeing right now is a very disturbing trend. It doesn’t show any signs of slowing down – often one act of gun violence will provoke another will provoke another,” said Dan Satterberg, the King County Prosecuting Attorney.
The 197 shooting victims marks the highest number of victims for this time of the year (through the 2nd quarter), since the prosecuting attorney’s office started keeping close records of gun violence data in 2017.