Impact to Seattle-area hospitals, community after 9 shot in 5 separate incidents overnight

One man was killed and eight others injured in five shootings in Renton and Seattle. The impact extends to witnesses, family members and the community as a whole.

SEATTLE — Authorities are investigating five separate shootings that killed one man and wounded eight others in Seattle and Renton on Friday night.

Seattle police say this included a shooting in South Seattle in which a 21-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were shot dead; a shooting near Occidental Avenue South and Edgar Martinez Drive South in which a 14-year-old girl was shot in the leg; a shootout in Pioneer Square, where a man was shot dead; and a shooting near Cal Anderson Park in which a man was shot dead.

At least four teenagers were shot dead in Ron Regis Park, according to Renton Police; They are still investigating what led to the shootings.

Trauma at Harborview Medical Center

Five of the shooting victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. On Thursday, Harborview announced it would temporarily only accept emergency patients who need urgent care, citing overcrowded beds — partly due to a lack of available capacity at long-term and post-acute care facilities.

“Overnight we had five patients from different incidents who were shot – 5 of whom are now critical – and it really tells us how these types of traumatic events or really sad events can happen in clusters where we have a large number of them trauma patients receive once,” said Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Steve Mitchell. “For a hospital that has already been challenged with our census with the number of patients who have had difficulty transferring from the hospital to a post-acute care facility to dismiss, [it] remains significantly challenged.”

dr Mitchell said Harborview has been working extensively with partners from UW Medicine and regional hospitals to try to decompress the hospital count so they are available for these types of traumatic events. They hope that conditions will change so that they can once again cater to a wide range of needs.

“We want to be fully available to the public, and right now, due to our mission to care for critically ill and trauma patients, we are unable to do so,” said Dr. mitchell

Search for solutions as a community

A number of non-profit organizations were formed to try to stem the tide of gun violence. Washington-based Resilient In Sustaining Empowerment (RISE) aims to support marginalized communities directly affected by gun violence, including vulnerable children, parents and families. With a focus on intervention, prevention and recovery, they hope to address the root causes of violence, including generational trauma.

“There are a lot of things that people need right now, [including] the resources to be able to take care of their loved ones, to be able to support them, to do house calls and funeral arrangements, things like that – therapy when they have kids, that’s another ball game and that’s the gap we have fill the organization,” said Founder and CEO Lynniah Grayson. “Really helping to support – through a holistic approach that really intersects with public health.”

RISE does hands-on work, such as an event that brought 16 children to the DEFY trampoline park in Tukwila. The children have all lost their fathers to gun violence and are part of an eight-week program helping families process and heal grief. Trampoline night was all about having fun.

RISE also engages in education and advocacy and is involved in a number of collaborations.

Here you can find out more about the current work of RISE and how you can get involved.

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