A police report just released by SPD says a group of teens assaulted a man outside of a South Seattle grocery store earlier this month simply because he was from the Central District.
At about 10:00 p.m. on February 5th, at approximately 2215 hours, the victim and his cousin were walking through the problem-plagued Saar’s Market parking lot at Rainier and Henderson when a group of seven boys—black males between 13 and 16 years old, the report says—asked what “set” or gang they belonged to.
It’s not unusual for members of rival Central District and South Seattle gangs like the Deuce 8s and Hoovers to attack each other if they’re caught on another gang’s turf, but in this incident, the victim told his attackers—and later police—that he is not in a gang. Nevertheless, after telling members of the group the he doesn’t “bang,” one of the teens yelled “He’s from the CD, let’s get him!” and charged the victim.
The group of teens punched the victim, who was able to flee with his friend and contact police.
About an hour after the assault, police identified several suspects, interviewed them, and released them to their families.