Seattle shooting

Seattle shooting
11:38 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Seattle's Cafe Racer reopens 7 weeks after massacre

Friends and neighbors gathered at the Cafe Racer to take a moment to let the new reality sink in the day of the shootings.
Ed Skoog For KPLU

A neighborhood coffee shop in Seattle's University District reopened Friday, a month-and-a-half after a shooting massacre.

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Gun Laws
5:10 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Gun offenders in Seattle could do more prison time

Officials, including U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, announce a get-tough strategy on guns.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Local and U.S. officials say they’re getting more aggressive about prosecuting gun crimes in Seattle, funneling more offenders into the stricter federal system. Law enforcement officials hope the threat of longer sentences and tougher prisons will deter more crimes. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said it’s a proven strategy.

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Seattle shooting
6:24 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Seattle: Make gun offenders register like sex offenders?

Just like a sex offender, once you are released from prison on a gun violation, you would be classified as either a Level I, Level I or Level III offender.
Zoren Deneu Flickr

Sex offenders have to register when they get out of prison in Washington. So why shouldn’t people who commit a violent crime with a gun have to do the same?

It’s an idea being floated by the Seattle Police Department.

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Seattle shooting
12:15 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Survivor of Seattle shooting out of intensive care

A message is written on paper covering the window at the front of a cafe where a gunman killed four people and severely wounded another last week.
The Associated Press

The only survivor of last week's Seattle cafe shooting that left four people dead has been moved out of intensive care at Harborview Medical Center.

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Seattle shooting
1:35 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Westboro Baptist Church to picket Seattle shooting victim’s funeral

A Seattle police officer investigates the scene where Gloria Koch Leonidas was shot in the head and killed in a carjacking near Town Hall last week.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

The St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle has been told that members of the anti-gay church known for its belligerent protest tactics plans to be present at the funeral of Gloria Koch Leonidas on Thursday. Leonidas was one of the shooting victims in last Wednesday's massacre in Seattle.

A St. Demetrios administrator confirmed that a Seattle police officer and another church pastor told them the protest has been scheduled by the Westboro Baptist Church. And a Facebook page dedicated to shielding the funeral from the protesters, known for signs saying “God Hates Fags” and blaming crimes on passages of gay rights laws, is up and running.

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Seattle shootings
4:00 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Seattle looking into surveillance tech. to tamp down gun violence

This is a diagram of the ShotSpotter system in action provided by the company.

(Updated with audio story, attached.)

Seattle has had it with the flare of gunfire lighting up its streets – and that’s driving city leaders to pull out the stops to find solutions.

More aggressive search and seizures, stiffer local gun laws, increased police patrols, video cameras and now a technology that registers where a gun is fired in the city and notifies police seconds after the shooting – these are some of the tools Seattle officials are looking at to tamp down the violence.

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Seattle shooting
12:19 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Autopsy confirms suicide of Seattle shootings suspect

The medical examiner said Friday that 40-year-old Ian Stawicki, shown at the Cafe Racer above, died of a contact handgun wound to the head.
The Associated Press

The King County medical examiner's office has confirmed that a man blamed for a massacre at a Seattle arts cafe and a fatal carjacking killed himself as police closed in.

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Seattle shooting
7:42 am
Fri June 1, 2012

'Hero' Of Seattle Shootings: 'I Just Threw The Frigging Stool' At Gunman

Left to right: Karen Eides, Tim Torres and David Gordon embrace as they kneel in front of a makeshift memorial outside the cafe in Seattle where a gunman killed four people.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 4:57 am

Lawrence Adams doesn't want to be called a hero, but many in Seattle are saying that's just what he is.

As The Seattle Times reports this morning, police believe Adams saved the lives of at least three people on Wednesday when he picked up a stool at a cafe and threw it at a gunman who killed four people there. Adams' action distracted the gunman, identified as Ian Stawicki, and allowed Adams and some others to escape.

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Seattle shooting
4:57 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

911 tapes of Seattle shootings: 'People are bleeding all over'

Jonny and Ali, who both declined to give their last names, comfort each other Thursday at the scene of where a gunman killed four people and severely wounded another.
The Associated Press

Police have released 911 tapes from a shooting spree that left five people dead in Seattle, including one from a man who phoned authorities from inside the bathroom of a cafe where a gunman opened fire.

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Seattle shooting
4:09 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Police: 'Hero' saved lives in Seattle shootings

This frame grab provided by the Seattle Police Department shows a man believed to be the suspect in a shooting, left, at Cafe Racer on Wednesday in the University district of Seattle.
The Associated Press

“I just threw the frigging stool at him, legs first. My brother died in the World Trade Center. I promised myself,” if something like this ever happened, “I would never hide under a table.”

Four people were slain when Ian Lee Stawicki started shooting Wednesday morning inside Cafe Racer.

At a news conference Thursday, police said a man sitting next to Stawicki was a "hero" because he threw stools at the gunman when he stood up and opened fire. Several people were able to flee the cafe during this time.

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Seattle shooting
3:34 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

What the Cafe Racer was before the killings

Friends and neighbors gathered at the Cafe Racer to take a moment to let the new reality sink in as the media, fire trucks and police moved on.
Ed Skoog

In this first person piece, Ed Skoog, a Northwest poet and musician and a regular at the Café Racer, shares his impressions of the local arts and music hangout before the shooting on Wednesday that killed four and wounded another.

Skoog said Drew Keriakedes and Joe "Vito" Albanese, two of the victims, were well known at the café and that Drew especially was a raconteur character who was “always on,” always ready with a dirty joke and a gritty blues song from the ’20s and ’30s, with plenty of songs he’d created himself.

“He was a magnetic performer,” Skoog said of Drew.

Skoog said he’d seen the man identified as the shooter around the bar from time to time, hanging out in the alley “a little out of sight.”

“He was a freaky dude, but normal looking enough to pass,” Skoog said.

Here’s Skoog writing about the Café Racer and its vibe:

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Seattle shooting
9:42 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Shooting survivor's condition upgraded; most victims named; council seeking solutions

Seattle police officers walk outside a cafe just north of the University District where five people were shot on Wednesday.
The Associated Press

The only survivor of a shooting at a Seattle cafe where four other people were killed is expected to recover.

Harborview Medical Center reports Leonard Meuse has been upgraded from critical to serious condition. Spokeswoman Susan Gregg says he remains in the intensive care unit Thursday.

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Shooting
6:30 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Police: 2 shootings in Seattle connected; suspect killed himself; 5 dead, 1 wounded

Seattle police released this photo of the suspect in the Roosevelt Way shooting. He has been identified as Ian Lee Stawicki, 40, of Seattle.

The two morning shootings in Seattle – leaving four dead and one wounded from the Cafe Racer Espresso on Roosevelt Way near the U-District and one dead on First Hill during a carjacking – were apparently committed by the same suspect, said Seattle Police Department Assistant Chief James Pugel.

The suspect shot himself in West Seattle later in the afternoon as police approached him, Pugel said. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. The hospital reported Wednesday night that he was dead. A fourth victim at the Cafe Racer shooting also died Wednesday night, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Greg.

One man wounded in the cafe shooting remained at Harborview. He was in critical but stable condition following surgery earlier in the day

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Other News
9:22 pm
Sun October 23, 2011

Seattle police fatally shoot Interbay murder suspect in Belltown

Crime scene at the corner of Seattle's 4th Avenue and Cedar Street.
Erin Hennessey

Seattle homicide detectives on Sunday afternoon fatally shot a man who was a suspect in the stabbing death of an 84-year-old employee at a self-storage facility in the city's Interbay neighborhood. The suspect had been using the victim's credit cards.

Detectives used photos to track him down in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, at the bustling corner of 4th Avenue and Cedar Street. Seattle Police spokesman Mark Jamieson told KPLU the murder suspect attacked detectives, forcing them to fire their weapons.

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