Man shot and killed in car in Seattle’s Denny Triangle

A 48-year-old man was shot dead in his vehicle at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Lenora Street in downtown Seattle on Sunday night.

SEATTLE — Police are investigating after a 48-year-old man was shot dead in downtown Seattle Sunday night.

According to the Seattle Police Department (SPD), officers responded at around 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Lenora Street in the Denny Triangle neighborhood to report a shooting. The scene is opposite the Amazon Spheres.

When officers arrived, they found a man in a vehicle who was being shot at. Intervening officers and firefighters attempted life-saving measures, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Homicide investigators and members of the SPD crime scene investigation agency went to the scene.

No suspicious information has been released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the SPD’s violent crime tipster hotline at 206-233-5000.

Earlier this summer, interim police chief Adrian Diaz said Seattle could hit a 25-year high in fatal shootings.

According to the Police Department’s Crime Dashboard, 53 murders were recorded in 2020. In 2021 there were 42. The SPD data, last updated on July 31, shows that there have been 27 murders so far in 2022.

According to the department’s 2021 year-end crime report, there were 31 fatal shootings in 2021 and 21 in 2020.

Seattle has not had a permanent police chief since Carmen Best resigned from the position after the Seattle City Council voted to cut spending on the police department in August 2020.

Three candidates have been selected to help advance the search for the city’s next police chief. The candidates include Diaz, Seattle Deputy Police Commissioner Eric Greening and Tucson Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Hall. Diaz has served as interim boss since Best’s departure.

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