Residents near Roosevelt killings spend day on edge


by KING 5 News

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 30 at 7:41 PM

It was a very long day for residents in the University District and Ravenna neighborhoods. Their streets, yards and homes were filled with officers who had little time and plenty of pressure to track down the suspect who shot five people in a cafe, killing three and critically injuring two.

For Scott Harris, it started with a text from this two daughter attending Roosevelt High School.

"They said they were scared," said Harris, who lives in the neighborhood. 

His wife then told him about the Racer Cafe shooting and the armed man on the run. 

"I just came down here to make sure there wasn't some mad man running around here," said Harris, as he sat in his car outside Roosevelt High, nervously monitoring his phone and trying to ease his frightened daughters through texts. 

As he waited, police cars zipped passed him in both directions with lights flashing and sirens screaming. His fear is one will stop at the door of the school. 

After an hour, he decided his children were in good hands and went home to make sure his home and wife were safe. 

It was a good call. An hour after that the school went from lockdown "shelter in place" status. Three hours later his daughters and the rest of the students were released.

With a killer on the loose, the entire neighborhood balanced on a razor thin edge. People hearing strange noises in their yards called 911, and police responded with mobile teams who rolled in and grimly swept each house as if there were an armed murderer inside. Uniformed officers also went door-to-door and searched yards and shrubs.

This shooting - the latest in a recent wave of gun violence in the city - has some people rethinking some of their favorite summertime activities.

"Summer always brings a lot of crime. You go to the Torchlight and there's a shooting every year. So we're not going to any of those parades where there's a lot of gang activity," said one resident.