Today in Fuzz: No more foot patrols in South Seattle, a new development in a South Seattle murder, a South Seattle carjacking, and a weapons arrest in…wait for it…South Seattle.
1) The South Precinct is losing its foot patrols in Columbia City and Rainier Beach, at least until the holiday season. At a meeting earlier this week, South Precinct Captain Mike Nolan told a community group the foot patrol officers were being reassigned to other patrol duties. It appears the move comes as a result of staffing shuffling. Nolan said he would like to bring the officers back for foot patrols around the holiday shopping season.
2) In other South Precinct news, homicide detectives are now investigating a possible gang connection in the still-unsolved September shooting at Rainier and McClellan, which left one homeless man dead and three others wounded. Police tell PubliCola they are looking at a group of gang members, who may have targeted the victims simply because they were transients. No charges have been filed in the case.
3) Today I learned that there’s a (now presumably illegal) brand of synthetic marijuana called “Zombie Matter Potpourri,” which would be a great name for a terrible band.
4) Two masked men pulled a gun on a man and his two-year-old son and stole the man’s 2002 Mercedes in front of his South Seattle home Thursday night.
The man had just pulled into his driveway on 62nd Ave. S. and S. Ryan St. around 9:30 pm when one of the men—who was wearing a bandanna over his face–pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his keys.
The victim grabbed his son out of the car, handed over his keys, ran into his house, and called 911.
5) Gang detectives arrested a man on weapons charges Tuesday morning following a shooting at Rainier Ave. S. and S. Mead St.
Police received reports of gunfire around 11:30 am and, when officers arrived on scene, and found that a parked car had been hit by several bullets.
Police tracked down a group of teens that had been seen running from the scene at an apartment several blocks away, and found two handguns in the apartment. Police say someone had “destroyed” the serial number on one of the guns, and the other was reported stolen.
One man admitted the guns were his, and police booked him into the King County Jail.