Seven shootings, one death in one of Seattle's most violent weekendson May 28, 2012 @ 7:40 am (Updated: 12:22 pm - 5/29/12 )
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In Seattle a shooting at Northwest Folklife Festival, five drive-by shootings, and a deadly home invasion have some people calling this the most violent weekend years. Police are struggling to find an explanation.
The violence began outside the Folklife Festival Saturday evening. Ryan Burr was about to cross the street toward to the Space Needle when he heard two gunshots. He saw blood coming from his leg.
"I'm trying to process the fact that I could be dead right now," he told KING-5.
Police caught the shooter a few blocks away after a chase through the Center House. He says he pulled his .22 and fired at a rival gang member who had hit him in the head with his skateboard. He missed and hit Burr.
Just a few hours later, four homes in South Seattle were shot up in drive-by shootings. Detectives say 60 rounds were fired in total.
A girl was standing in her bedroom when at least six shots were fired into her home.
"I was standing near the window," she said, "and basically I just heard a few gunshots. The window shattered, and it hit me so my reaction was to duck. I waited a few seconds, and I heard a few bullets again."
At least two of the drive-by shootings are being investigated by Seattle's Gang Unit, but detectives are looking at whether gangs are behind the other two incidents as well.
Around the same time people were shooting up homes in South Seattle, a gunman burst into a home in North Seattle. Police said he was trying to steal marijuana from the homeowner's illegal growing operation.
He shot the homeowner in the chest, who was sent to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Relatives told KOMO News that he died.
On Sunday afternoon, a man was found shot in the knee near Greenwood Park. He refused to cooperate with police, keeping silent about any details of the shooting.
"We're not sure if it's all gang-related," said assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh. "The problem, we think, is that people are finding guns as the answer to solve problems."
There have been 15 homicides in Seattle already this year, including two where innocent bystanders were killed by bullets intended for someone else.
So far, only the suspect in the Seattle Center shooting has been arrested, and there are only vague descriptions in the other cases.
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