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Rainier Valley Crime Watch: Man Critically Injured in Genesee Park Shooting + Taxi Cab Stolen, Crashed in Rainier Beach + More

Man critically injured in shooting near Genesee Park

A man was wounded shortly before 2 pm today when he was shot at 49th Avenue South and Lake Washington Boulevard near Genesee Park.

According to Seattle police, the victim – a man in his 20s – was at the park when the suspects arrived, an argument ensued and the man was shot once in the stomach.

The suspects are described as four males, possibly Somalian, who fled northbound on Lake Washington Boulevard South in a white sedan.

The victim was treated at the scene before being transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

An area search was unsuccessful and there were no arrests.

Taxi cab stolen, crashed; suspects arrested

Two men assaulted a taxi driver and tried to steal his cab at about 5:45 am today at Rainier Avenue South and South Rose Street in Rainier Beach.

According to police, the driver stopped to pick up two female fares when two men jumped into the back seat. When the driver got out of the cab to confront the two male suspects, another man jumped into the driver’s seat. When the taxi driver tried to take the keys out of the ignition, one of the suspects punched him twice, then proceeded to crash the cab into the side of an apartment building in the 8100 block of Rainier Avenue South.

All three suspects jumped out of the cab and fled on foot, but responding officers found them nearby in the 4500 block of South Kenyon Street.

The cab driver and the female witnesses all positively identified the three suspects, ages 18, 20 and 21, who were booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.

Shots fired in Rainier Beach

Shortly before 1 am on Sun., June 20, South Precinct officers responded to the 11800 block of 55th Avenue South in Rainier Beach to investigate reports of several shots fired.

Officers arrived and located a number of shell casings in the roadway, but did not locate any damage or find any reports of any injuries.

According to police, it’s possible that a two-door silver Honda, which fled the area at a high rate of speed, may be involved, but witnesses could not provide any further information.

Armed assault suspect arrested

On Sun., June 12, at 5:27 am, South precinct patrol officers responded to a report of a man with a gun in the 9000 block of Seward Park Avenue South.

The 22-year old female victim said that she was with a male friend who became angry with her. When she tried to leave with another friend, the suspect followed in his own car and forced them to pull over before getting out of his car, pointing a gun at her and pulling the trigger.

The victim said the gun didn’t fire, so she and her friend drove around him and sped off. She said she thought that she heard one gunshot as they drove away.

Later that day, the victim called 911 to report that the suspect was in the 5900 block of Delridge Way SW in West Seattle.

When they arrived, responding officers arrested the 27-year old suspect without incident. In a search incident to arrest, they discovered a loaded pistol in his pocket. He was subsequently booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Assault and Investigation of Violation of the Uniform Firearms Act.

SWAT situation ends quietly on Beacon Hill

On Sun., June 12, at 10:20 am, South Precinct officers responded to a 911 call of a family argument in the 2800 block of South Graham Street on Beacon Hill.

According to police, family members said that their adult son was off his medication, had fired at least two shots from a .22 caliber rifle inside the house hours before the police were called, and was now barricaded inside his room.

Meanwhile, officers thought they may have heard the suspect loading another weapon, so they ushered all the remaining family members out of the house, and then backed out themselves. Negotiators and the SWAT team were called to the scene to assist.

After ignoring negotiators, the suspect eventually came out of the house, where he was taken into custody without incident. A search of the residence revealed no additional weapons.

Charge: Jail NOT enough to stop domestic violence offender

King County prosecutors claim a Seattle man accused of threatening his ex-girlfriend and a child with a gun kept terrifying his victim – from jail.

Prosecutors claim Jaybe Beaver, Jr., pointed a pistol at the woman during an altercation at a Rainier Valley gas station on May 3. Beaver, 36, was subsequently jailed and charged with assault.

Since then, though, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Thomas Gahan told the court, Beaver conducted “a campaign of witness tampering that continued even after the defendant was booked into custody.” More.

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12 comments on “Rainier Valley Crime Watch: Man Critically Injured in Genesee Park Shooting + Taxi Cab Stolen, Crashed in Rainier Beach + More

  1. The city needs to make everyday on Lake Washington Blvd a place for bikers, hikers and walkers so there are not drivers and cars using this as a quick getaway from violence.

  2. I needed to drive through the area at about 2PM today. By the time I got there the area was taped off and I had to turn onto 49th. Glad my errand didn’t put me there 15 minutes earlier.

  3. I was leaving my house at 2pm yesterday with my daughter, only blocks away from the shooting and also had to detour around the scene. There is quite a long history of problems for neighbors adjacent to that parking lot. Why does there need to be parking there? The city needs to get rid of the parking lot ASAP.

  4. @SAM
    How would you get your boat to the boat launch?

    You have to be a seriously strong SOB to tow your boat on a bike.

    Then you have to shut down Rainier, M.L.K., etc. so nobody could make a quick getaway

  5. There is no boat launch right by that parking lot. The nearest water entry would be at Stan Sayres, just north of there. I never see boat
    trailers in that lot, just folks hanging with their cars playing really, really loud music. Houses adjacent to the lot have been complaining about the traffic and noise and disruption and drug deals for years.

  6. @SEmom
    Actually we launch from there all the time. I was replying to SAM’s comment that cars should not be allowed on Lake Washington Blvd.

  7. MarkB,

    If you could not launch from that parking lot, would you have other options that would work well? Is it essential to have that lot for
    boats? Obviously I don’t boat, so just asking given the problems

  8. SEmom,
    If you do not ride a bike everywhere or have elderly or handicapped friends, shouldn’t you be able to use that road also? Even if you do drive old grandma around in an evil automobile.

    I do not think it was initially built to be a bike lane.

  9. I read about where a taxicab driver and the car were assaulted near Rainier Ave S & Rose St.

  10. MarkB,

    To clarify, I am not talking about closing the blvd. I am wondering about
    the little parking lot at the corner of 49th S and the blvd. Why does that parking lot need to be there since it seems to be the cause of trouble in the neighborhood? That lot is where the guy was shot on Monday.

  11. SEmom,
    I’m with you on that one, I would never pull in there, it always seems to be filled with people partying and loud music.

  12. I think those parking lots are for people who drive to the park to walk or perambulate in some manner along the lake. It makes the park accessible to people in wheelchairs or people with limited mobility. This park is great for them because the path is flat. Parking on the street around there means going up and down a hill.

    Yes – there are people who sit there in their cars – mostly teens. Living near the lake or any park really means sharing the neighborhood. We live in a city – it is all about tolerance.

    I live within walking distance to the lake, but many people do not. The park is for everyone.

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