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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.
SEATTLE — A customer shot an employee at a convenience store after a dispute about the cost of items late Tuesday night.
Just before 11 p.m., a customer walked into the store on the 600 block of First Avenue and brought several items up to the cashier.
As the employee rang up the items, the customer became irritated about the cost.
According to Seattle police, the employee told the customer if he didn’t like the prices he could leave.
The employee armed himself with a baseball bat as the customer tried to punch him.
As the customer started to walk out of the store, he reportedly pulled out a gun, shot the employee and fled.
SEATTLE – The rock throwers have struck again along Seattle freeways. There were two more cases targeting drivers on I-90 and the I-5 ramp to I-90 in Seattle on Monday night. A KOMO News crew was there after one of the drivers pulled over with a damaged windshield along I-90 at Rainier Avenue. It’s the same area where four cars were hit Sunday afternoon.
The number of these dangerous and potentially deadly crimes are climbing by the day. At least two of the men arrested are connected to a nearby homeless encampment that neighbors have been complaining about for months. READ MORE: https://komonews.com/news/local/all-i-saw-was-a-huge-rock-in-front-of-my-face-i-90-debris-throwers-strike-again
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