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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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