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Council members call for hearing after fatal shooting in Seattle's Central District

Two Seattle City Council members have called for a forum after two shootings Friday in city's Central District.

Seattle police can’t say whether a fatal shooting Friday in the Central District is related to another that happened just a few hours later, but it prompted the Seattle City Council to call for a hearing into the situation.

Both Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Lorena Gonzalez agreed Monday to host a forum with city leaders. Sawant represents the Central District, and Gonzalez chairs the public safety committee. 

Gonzalez said the earliest a meeting could happen would be May 22.

On Friday, a 19-year-old man was shot and killed after several rounds were fired near 21st Avenue and East Union Street. Police have not found the killers. Another shooting was reported near 27th Avenue South and South Jackson Street around midnight.

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Emphasis patrols by officers have increased in the area. 

Seattle police crime data shows that serious crime is more prevalent on the north and west sides of the city, but that there is a disproportionate amount of shots fired in the Central District and south end.

Credit: City of Seattle

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