Another Teen’s Birthday Party Ends In Gunfire

For at least the second time in a month, a teen’s birthday has ended in gunfire.

Around 1:00 am on Sunday, Police received reports of gunfire at 24th and Cherry near the Garfield Community Center.

According to Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt, witnesses at the scene told officers a fight at a Quinceanera—a Latin American celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday—inside the community center spilled out into the street.

One of men involved in the fight got a gun and fired four shots, apparently hitting another man in the leg.

The suspect, and several other men, fled the scene, and police stopped and detained five people. It’s not clear whether anyone was arrested.

Police officers and gang detectives searched the scene of the shooting and found at least one shell casing.

However, officers were not immediately able to locate a victim.

Last month, police sources say a dispute between rival gang members led to a fatal shooting outside of another quinceanera held at a city-owned facility in South Lake Union.