Violent week raises fears throughout Seattle


by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 AM

SEATTLE -- Seven murders in seven days.

The violence seems to have zero boundaries.

In the Central District, the neighborhood where this violent week began, hundreds filled the Garfield Community Center for a meeting with the mayor and Seattle Police leaders Wednesday night. This comes after Justin Ferrari was innocently shot while driving his family through the neighborhood last Thursday.

"We've got to do something about this," said Rebecca Francis, who lives just yards from the shooting scene.  "For my child to duck down in the car as we're driving away, saying, 'I don't want to get shot,' is really ridiculous."

Many in the city admit to being on edge following this stretch of violence which has touched much of the city -- from the north end, through downtown, to the south end.

The greatest concern is that many of the victims were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Following last Thursday's murder, the violence continued Saturday night when another innocent man was shot in the leg while walking in the shadow of the Space Needle.

"That makes me nervous," said Heather MacDonald, who was visiting Seattle Center Wednesday. "We could just walk over there and be in the same situation."

The nerves spread to downtown Seattle Wednesday after an innocent woman was shot and killed at 8th and Seneca minutes after the shooting rampage that killed four people at Ravenna neighborhood café’.

"You never know which way the bullet is going to come and wound you or kill you," said Ramazan Senturk, who owns the Dog In the Park hot-dog stand at Westlake Park.

Back at the Central District meeting, Mayor Mike McGinn told the standing-room-only crowd that tackling gun violence will be the city's "highest priority.” City officials admit there is no easy fix.  By engaging the community through neighborhood meetings, they hope to develop more solutions.

"I don't know if these [shootings] are connected, but we're all connected," Francis said. "This is very close to my heart."