Man shot dead at homeless camp in northeast Seattle
A 31-year-old man was shot dead Monday morning at a homeless campsite in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood, police said.
The shooting took place just after 5 a.m. in Olga Park, a grassy mid-area near the intersection of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard, according to Inspector Valerie Carson, spokesperson for the Seattle Police Department. .
Witnesses said that prior to the incident, the victim left his tent to speak with the alleged shooter. Several people in the area called 911 to report gunshots. Police found a man with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and he died at the scene.
Homicide investigators cordoned off the area to search for evidence and did not arrest a suspect, Carson said. Police have yet to describe a possible motive for the shooting.
Those with information are asked to call the police information line at 206-233-5000.
In recent years, tent camps in the Ravenna Park area have neighbors encouraged to talk about safety and waste risks and demand an effective response from the city.
During the pandemic, more people are living outdoors, in part due to avoiding overcrowded shelters. Gastrointestinal illness has spread to campsites, where toilets and sinks are scarce.
At the end of April, two people were shot dead in a camping area in Lake City and survived, KIRO-7 reported.