SEATTLE - Seattle is in the midst of a deadly spike in violent crime that has claimed 22 lives.
Residents in South Seattle say many of the incidents are happening in their neighborhood and on Monday they marched to City Hall to ask for help. They're tired of being afraid and feeling ignored.
“Hopefully some people pay attention to us and realize how bad this situation has become,” said Pat Murakami.
"They're not addressing this issue, they're not taking it seriously,” Murakami said. “They're working on things like banning plastic bags while humans are dying.”
Asefash Abebe is among those in the group. She walked for her family’s safety.
“It's not safe, very scary,” she said. “Every other day there's a shooting in Seattle, there is no protection we need it.”
Abebe’s 17-year-old daughter was shot in the stomach at a party in south Seattle last week.
“They told me and I was just in shock and cry and screaming,” Abebe explained.
While Abebe was marching toward City Hall, her daughter stayed at home, still recovering from her wounds.
“Anywhere, I could really get shot anywhere, danger is everywhere,” she said.
She was shot in the stomach and feels lucky; a bullet killed 21-year-old Sherry Soth at the same party,
She's scared for her safety, so her mom went downtown with the message.
Councilmember Bruce Harrell says the council is looking at increasing police funding and staffing.
“We need to fund them, frankly the council and the mayor made a few decisions in the last couple of years and I don't' know if they were the smartest decisions," he said.
The council plans to meet with the police department on Thursday to talk about staffing levels and what the department is doing to get more officers out on the streets.