SEATTLE — Police are investigating after two people were shot and killed in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood early Tuesday morning.
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) first tweeted about the shooting on the 4700 block of Meridian Ave North just before 1 a.m. The shooting happened right across the street from the Meridian Playground.
Officers found a man and a woman with gunshot wounds in a parked car. Emergency crews said life-saving measures were not possible for the man, but they began first aid efforts for the woman. Both victims were declared dead at the scene, police said.
Members of SPD’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit and homicide detectives are investigating the deadly shooting.
Investigators believe this was not a murder-suicide, but it is currently unknown what lead up to the shooting. No suspect information has been released at this time.
There have been at least 25 homicides in the city of Seattle so far this year, according to SPD. This is the first murder in the Wallingford neighborhood in 2022.
"We want all of Seattle to be safe and when you hear about a murder or a double murder in your own neighborhood it's really alarming," said President of the Wallingford Community Council Jenny Ring-Perez.
Ring-Perez has been living in the Wallingford neighborhood since 2006 and said crime has become more common. She is hoping for solutions that improve public safety for everyone.
"[We should] really be thinking as a city, what kind of city we want to have, who is it for," Ring-Perez said. "It should be for all of us, you know especially our children and our elders and if it’s not safe for them who is it safe for?"