Neighbors say they have been complaining to police about dangerous activity in the home for several months.
RENTON, Wash. — One person was killed and a second is in critical condition in hospital after a shooting in Renton. Renton Police say the shooting took place around 2:24 p.m. on the 300 block of Wells Avenue North.
Neighbors say the house has been a nuisance for months and have repeatedly asked the city for help. Police say the landlord filed papers to evict the tenant, but neighbors argue it was only after they threatened legal action.
“[I’m] furious. Mad that this is allowed to go on for so long,” said Aaron, a neighbor on the block for 20 years who chose not to give his last name.
Police say the two people shot dead were men believed to be in their 30s. Several people were in the house when the shooting took place. Police have not identified a suspect. The man who was killed was found inside, while the other man who was shot was found outside and taken to the hospital.
Renton Police confirm the house is a rental property and police have received many complaints over a number of months.
“We had arguments. We’ve had reports of possible drug activity, loud music, lots of people going in and out,” said Cyndie Morris of Renton Police.
Last week, neighbors said they met with police in hopes of addressing their concerns. Renton Police have increased their presence in the neighborhood. Police say the home has been submitted to the King County eviction board. Once a court order is in place, it can take approximately 50 days for an eviction notice to be served. The King County Clearance Division said this was due to staff shortages and the dangerous nature of serving eviction notices.
“It’s only when the court systems are deadlocked as they are that delays are needed. They turned the corner to do a physical eviction here very soon,” Morris said.
Still, neighbors are upset that after so many calls for help, it got to the point where one person was killed.
“I speak to the police and it makes me frustrated and angry that there’s nothing they can do,” Aaron said.
“We will respond within the limits of our authority, but when it comes to managing private property like a rental, that’s up to the landlord,” Morris said.
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