1 dead, 1 hurt in shooting in Yesler Terrace neighborhood

SEATTLE — Police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another injured in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace neighborhood on Friday.

Neighbors who live on East Fir Street off of 12th Avenue say they first heard a loud crash followed by gunfire.

“About four to five gunshots as I’m leaving my apartment by 4:27 (a.m.), at this time I see somebody run past me,” said Exavier Wilson, who lives nearby.

“I heard probably eight to 10 shots then a short little pause, a scream as well, and then probably three to five more,” said Joy Golondrina, who also lives nearby.

Golondrina said she also saw someone take off in a black sedan.

Seattle Police Department Detective Valerie Carson said when officers arrived, they found a 27-year-old man dead in an alley and a 52-year-old man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

The survivor was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

“I saw the person laying down in the alleyway. My first thoughts were he’s very injured. Once he stopped groaning I knew instantly that this person may not be with us anymore,” said Wilson.

“How does that make you feel?” asked KIRO 7 reporter Briseida Holguin.

“Very scary, because I have a son as I said, and I really don’t want to be in a neighborhood where I can be taking out the trash and end up getting shot,” said Wilson.

“We have recovered shell casings, but I think it’s too early to talk about any specific ballistics of those things. That’s something the detectives will be revealing. At this time, we haven’t recovered any firearms,” said Carson.

Police said a stolen tow truck is also a part of the investigation.

Across Seattle, there’s been a recent uptick in violent crime this week with shootings that left people injured in the University District and Pioneer Square. Carson said targeting gun violence is one of the police chief’s top priorities.

“He has said multiple times that trying to combat this gun violence is a major issue for him, and for all of us here at the department. Obviously, this gun violence impacts communities all around the city,” said Carson.

Police said they don’t have any leads on the suspect.

If you have any information you are urged to call Seattle police or Crime Stoppers.