U-District violent weekend has students, Seattle leaders on edge

Five people were injured in multiple shootings on Sunday morning, and a 21-year-old was shot and killed by a driver fleeing a shooting.

SEATTLE – “We were here for three days, three days and this happened,” said Maya Schollum, a UW freshman.

It was the first weekend of many University of Washington students such as freshmen Kate Balm, Maya Schollum and Sydney Bash.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday, they received an alert on their phones.

“It says UW alerted Seattle and then in parentheses it says shooting. It said shootings were reported at the property near 43rd North East Street and U Way NE at 1:05 a.m. Bash said.

Saturday morning, a 21-year-old man was shot and killed on Brooklyn Avenue by a car fleeing gunfire. University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce confirmed the man killed was not affiliated with the university.

Sunday morning, four University of Washington students were shot at Northeastern Way University outside a local bar.

“I wrapped it around his leg because he was bleeding a lot. I tried to help. I don’t know what to do, I’ve never been in this situation,” said Ivan Avila, who witnessed the shooting.

Avila described the chaotic scene to KING 5.

“I mean it looks like he’s safe, I hope he makes it through.”

Three 20-year-old men and a 19-year-old woman were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

“Two out of two nights. Bash said.

Now these UW freshmen say they are questioning whether they should go out at night.

“As again, this is part of our campus. Like this is part of the reason we’re here,” Schollum said.

“It’s like a tale of two weekends where you have incredible opportunities to experience the neighborhood but also real sadness,” said Don Blakeney, CEO of the U District Partnership. .

The U District partner had a Food Walk that brought tens of thousands of people to the area. Blakeney said it was a celebration of the success of 150 restaurants.

“A lot of different things happened in one weekend. We had to unpack it so we didn’t have a blanket, the quick response didn’t really solve the problem. Blakeney said.

Councilman Alex Pedersen, who visited each scene over the weekend, said in a statement that “the recent increase in gun violence requires a boost in crime prevention efforts from multiple agencies, so that we can enhance public safety here and throughout Seattle.”

The students said that with just a few days left of the school year, they wanted a response from UW.

KING 5 reached out to the university and was sent this response in part saying: “We have been working with the city, Seattle police, and U County Partners to address the root causes behind the increase. increase personal and property crime in the College District and to ensure an immediate response to incidents as they occur.”

“That was our college experience; Balm said.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/seattle/students-organizations-seattle-leaders-react-u-district-violence/281-9d99285e-27d7-4b26-84ef-9b916146a059 U-District violent weekend has students, Seattle leaders on edge

Edmund DeMarche

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